Smyrna bandstand named in honor of longtime conductor

SMYRNA – Just as it has for the past 94 years, the Smyrna Citizens Band made its annual debut Monday night, getting another round of summertime concerts underway and this year, beginning the tradition with special recognition of one its most honorable members.

Before their annual kick-off performance, band members paid tribute to long-time Smyrna Citizens Band member and conductor Wilbur “Red” Raville for his commitment and influence to the program over the years. The bandstand above the Smyrna Public Library was decorated in old-time band member uniforms and the traditional patriotic decor for Monday’s opening performance, but focus was drawn to the podium’s latest signature piece: a new sign – designed by local artist Julian Button – unveiled by Town Trustee David Raimy, reading “The Wilbur ‘Red’ Raville Bandstand.”

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