The Band is one of the Kora’s oldest units, having been formed in 1929. Its mission is to provide a well-rehearsed and disciplined band for Kora Shriners furnishing music for Shrine gatherings and such other appearances as may be consistent with the nature and purpose of the Shrine subject to the approval of the Potentate. The band also promotes fellowship among its members.
Current band membership is around 35 with no specified upper limit. The applicant must have demonstrated musical ability and a willingness to attend rehearsals and performances on a regular basis. He must, in most cases, own his own instrument.
In addition to the Concert & Marching Band, we also have smaller ensembles within the group; Dance Band, German Band and Dixie Band. Each of these groups perform at various events throughout the year as well as at the Northeast Field Days.
A uniform is required for concerts and parades and is supplied by the unit. There are NO dues required. Members usually need to provide their own instruments. The Band will assist in transportation costs to the Northeast Field Days. All other transportation costs are up to the members.
Attendance is required at the annual meeting and rehearsals. Band Rehearsals, when called by the Director, are held at the Temple and are usually on the 1st or 3rd Thursdays of the month at 7:30 P.M. In addition to the concert and marching band, the unit sponsors Dixieland, Dance and German Bands, rehearsals for these other groups are self-determined. Membership in the concert band is a prerequisite to membership in one of the others. The Band participates in 8 to 10 performances per year, these include playing for Shrine Ceremonies & Functions, as well as community concerts and parades throughout Southern Maine. The Band participates in the Northeast Field Days Festival of Music Program each year.
The newly refurbished Kora Band Room is located on the third floor (or mezzanine level). You may climb the stairs to the top and the band room will be on your left or you can use the elevator, press the “M” button and enter the great hall and go towards the front of the building. The performs in the Band Stand which is in the great hall on the mezzanine level right inside from the main staircase.