Summer concerts have become part of the Bellport Village tradition. Many
Bellport residents remember the late Walt Ebersole, music director for
Bellport High School, who volunteered his services as leader of the
summer band for so many years. Walt would build an orchestra of adults
and students from the community, rehearse for four weeks in June, and
have four Friday night performances in July.
As Walt's health declined in the late '70's no substitute could be found for our generous leader. Subsequently, Village resident, Ron Hammond, volunteered to arrange for professional performers to supplement the community band. Eventually, with support from the Mayor and the Village, Ron was able to expand the program to cover the entire summer with approximately 12 programs per year.
The repertoire evolved to all types of music from Jazz, R&B, Classical, Western, Calypso, Doo Wop, to modern day Rock. One thing that continues from the old days is Mr. Hammond's efforts, where possible, to hire bands with roots in the community. Each year our shorefront bandshell treats residents and guests to an enjoyable season of professional entertainment from late June to early September.
The Bandshell is located at the Village Marina.
In the event of rain, concerts may be held at the Bellport Community Center, 4 Bell Street, Bellport.
2017 Summer Bandshell Schedule