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Lafayette Band
Lafayette Band - 130th Year of Making Great Music!

The Lafayette Band is a Community Concert Band offering an opportunity for any musician to continue using and building musical skills, or to return to playing.  Though based in North Kingstown, current members reside in many communities in Southeast New England.  The band members include high school and college students, working adults and retirees and represent a wide variety of professions.  The musicians' common bond is their love of music. 

- Summer Season Underway -
Wednesdays beginning June 20, 2018
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Come and enjoy great evenings of music

Want to play?  Check us out Wednesdays in September,

North Kingstown High School 150 Fairway Dr.

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Mr. Ted Johnson…Lafayette Band’s 2008 Volunteer of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Ted Johnson (left) displays his "Lifetime Achievement Award." Also shown, Bruce Laferriere (seated foreground) Jeff Cicia (seated background) and Joseph Pelosi, Lafayette Band Director, (standing, right).

Mr. Ted Johnson, a prominent member of the Lafayette Band for 60 years (1948-2008), received special recognition for his dedication and tireless efforts to help bring music to the Rhode Island community. At a ceremony held on April 10, 2008, Mr. Johnson was recognized by the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce as a “Volunteer of the Year.” Additionally, on August 6, 2008, the Lafayette Band Board of Directors awarded Mr. Johnson a special Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Lafayette Band Board of Directors chose Mr. Johnson as the organization’s 2008 Volunteer of the Year for his dedication and contributions to the continuation and growth of the band. The annual “Volunteer of the Year” program, sponsored by the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce, recognizes the many contributions of dedicated volunteers, such as Mr. Johnson, to local nonprofit and civic organizations and to the community.

Mr. Johnson received his Lafayette Band Special Lifetime Achievement Award for his 60 years of service to the band, during the band’s 2008 Summer Concert Season Finale at the North Kingstown Free Library. The audience, swelled by dozens of members of the North Kingstown Community Chorus and the First Baptist Church of North Kingstown, filled the concert space in the Library and spilled out into the hall and other library spaces; a tribute to his dedicated service to those community organizations, as well.
Lafayette Band Presents Another Great July 4th Concert

Lafayette Band Music Director, Joe Pelosi, leads the band during 2008's Fourth of July Concert at Lafayette Bandstand, North Kingstown, RI.

2008’s Fourth of July Concert by the Lafayette Band was one of the most elaborate and successful in recent years. Musicians, Director, guest artists, Color Guard, and the band’s publicity and production volunteers all performed at their highest levels. Once again, locally owned supermarket, Dave’s Marketplace provided the financial support for the production and preparation.

Thanks to beautiful weather, a big pre-concert publicity effort and the draw of a spectacular fireworks show, a large and enthusiastic audience gathered on the Lafayette Bandstand field next to the North Kingstown Town Beach. They were treated to a superb musical show by the band that included several new and updated pieces selected by Director Pelosi.

The Hummingbirds vocal trio warm up before singing with the Lafayette Band at this year's Fourth of July concert.  (left to right) Megan Leibovitz, Celia Tafuri and Erin Maughan.  
The evening featured a broad variety of music performed by the band, a guest appearance by the Hummingbirds vocal trio, a VFW Color Guard, professional sound production and 35 musicians. The concert got off to a patriotic start with Presentation of the Colors by a contingent from VFW Post 152, of North Kingstown. The Hummingbirds led all in reciting the “Pledge of Allegiance”, before combining with the band and audience for the “Star Spangled Banner”.

The band deftly handled the challenging variety of musical genres posed by nineteen selections. The crowd was entertained by a selection of marches, “olde tymey” songs, show tunes and good ol’ rock n’ roll.
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