The Chelmsford Community Band is ecstatic to announce that a new director will be joining them in time for their annual Winter Concert on Sunday, March 2nd. Lucinda Ellert holds multiple graduate degrees from New England Conservatory of Music and has a long history of contributing to live music performance in the region, from two decades as the leader of the 1920s dance band Happy Feet, to conducting the Reading Civic Band since 2004. She has also directed school bands, taught instrumental lessons, and guest conducted with Salem State College band and with the Salem Philharmonic Orchestra.
Currently residing in Winchendon with her husband Dan, Ellert is also a local private instrument teacher and the music director at the Baldwinville Memorial Congregation Church and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon. Her business, Scoreworks, engraves scores for composers. When she received the email offering her the baton with the Chelmsford band, she was sitting in a rehearsal with the Lowell Philharmonic Orchestra. “I just showed it to the second bassoon player to let him know that he’s now first,” says Ellert. “And to the tuba player behind me who is the president to let him know that I’m resigning. They both made big ‘congratulation’ signals.” For Ellert, the Chelmsford Community Band is a great opportunity to move forward with live community music performance at the head of a large, powerful ensemble. She looks forward to strengthening the group’s ties with the community by leveraging social media, the talent of local soloists, and the fantastic facilities of the Chelmsford Center for the Arts.
The Chelmsford Community Concert and Jazz Bands will be performing on Sunday, March 2 at the Chelmsford Elks, on 300 Littleton Road, starting at 1:30pm. The Concert band will present a diverse program of British composers and the Jazz ensemble has prepared a celebration of the works of Duke Ellington. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Suggested donations to help support the performance of live music for the community are $10 for adults, and $5 for children and seniors.