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Enjoy Listening to Outdoor Music in Downtown Gloversville This Summer

Nothing says summer more than having a picnic dinner in the park while listening to live music, and a summer in Gloversville isn’t complete without listening to the Gloversville Civic Band fill the air at Trail Station Park with amazing tunes.

Concerts are held on four Wednesdays in the summer and the first concert for the 2024 season will be Wednesday, July 10, at 7 p.m. Called “Salute to America,” audiences will be blown away by the strong performances by the local talented musicians under the direction of Tom and Janet Gerbino. Pieces include “Mr. Sandman” and “Here’s Chicago.”

People are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to sit on. Families can utilize the nearby splash pad before the performance and grab dinner to go from a local eatery, including the nearby Off the Rails Tavern, The Brass Monkey and Buck’s Pizza, and enjoy their meal while listening to music. For a list of eateries in the area, visit

The magazine, “We Call This Home,” featured both the Gloversville and Johnstown bands in its second issue of 2023 and gave a great history on the organizations. According to the article, the Gloversville Civic Band has been in existence since the early 1800s and was originally led by Ephraim Kelly Eaton. Eaton, born into a musical family, had been a member of a circus band, the Cook’s Band in Albany, and the Schenectady Brass Band, to name a few.

Performances were held at Melchior Park off Kingsborough Avenue until 2019. Seeking a central location, they moved to the downtown-based Trail Station Park.

While concerts are free, donations are accepted as the current band is a non-profit organization and it invites both professional and student musicians under the recommendation of their band teachers to perform. Donations may be sent to: Gloversville Citizens Band, PO Box 984, Gloversville NY 12078.

For more information and to hear some of their past performances, visit Also check the page in case the concert needs to be moved to the Lexington Center’s gym on 127 E. State St. if the weather is inclement.


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