Grafton Cornet Band

A traditional community band with all instruments and ages
welcoming listeners and players from all around southeastern Vermont.

Grafton Cornet Band Drum

A special year for the Grafton Cornet Band. We celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2017. The band was organized in March 1867. After a year of rehearsing, the band provided music for the solemn first national "Decoration Day" (now Memorial Day) on May 30, 1868. We will play for the 150th time on May 30, 2017 at 1:30 at the Grafton School with all the school children. Everyone is welcome to attend or sit in with the band and play the traditional hymns (easy sight reading). And please consider playing with us often during this great year for the band.

The Old Fire Station. The Grafton Band rehearses upstairs. The stairway is the leftmost door.Pre-season rehearsals are open to all--and a good way to blow out the cobwebs in your old high school instrument. Students are always welcome, too. Rehearsals are upstairs at the Old Fire House (map), always on a Sunday, 2:00-4:00 with a refreshment break (see "Upcoming" at right). Sue Lemei is our Director.

    Grafton Cornet Band at the Foliage Concert, Oct. 1, 2005. Photo: C. Newman


The Grafton Cornet Band welcomes all to our series of free summer concerts and parades (see the 2017 schedule). We play all sorts of traditional band music as we have for 150 years. Our concerts are informal, so bring chairs or a blanket and maybe a picnic. On rainy days, we play in the beautiful White Church in Grafton. More information…


Grafton Cornet Band playing on the Grafton Common, October 2007

Foliage Concert 2007

Upcoming in 2017:



  • May 30, 2017, 1:30, Grafton
  • June 18, Bellows Falls
  • July 1, Londonderry VT
  • July 4, Wardsboro


Grafton Cornet Band on the bandwagon at Wardsboro, VT July 4, 2005

On the bandwagon, Wardsboro, Vermont