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Rohrersville Cornet Band to open 175th season May 15

May 03, 2011

 The 175th season of the Rohrersville Cornet Band begins Sunday, May 15, at 3 p.m.

The spring concert is set for the Band Hall on Main Street in Rohrersville with Holly Feather directing.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be available.

The band was organized in 1837 as McCoy's Cornet Band and is Maryland's oldest community band in continuous existence.

The band was founded by Washington McCoy, who worked on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and in later years operated his own marble cutting business in Rohrersville.

He was also an accomplished E-flat clarinet player and the band's director for much of the 1800s.

The band was somewhat inactive during the days of the Civil War when two of McCoy's sons served as fifer and drummer boys in the Union Army.

 In 1882, the band adopted a new constitution and changed its name to the Rohrersville Cornet Band.

The band was incorporated in the state of Maryland in 1894, and revised its certificate in 1915 so it could own real estate.

This action permitted the band to build its own hall.

In 1916, the cornerstone for the band hall was laid on the very ground that had been occupied by McCoy & Sons' marble company.

The hall is a significant part of the Rohrersville Historical District.

Today, the band hall is within a stone's throw of the church cemetery where Washington McCoy is buried.

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