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

Foliage Concert October 8th on the Grafton Library lawn, Sunday 2:30. There's a lot going on in little Grafton on Columbus Day weekend. We play outside on Sunday (or in the Elementary School for rain because the Church is busy.) The big annual Fall Foliage Firefighters' Festival and Tag Sale is at the Fire Station. There is also:

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 fund raising (piston-valved cornet-family instruments were quite new and expensive at the time) and rehearsing, the band provided music for the solemn first national "Decoration Day" (now Memorial Day) on May 30, 1868. And we played for the 150th time on May 30, 2017. It's a meaningful tradition and everyone is welcome to sit in as a sight-reading "ringer". No one has ever not enjoyed sitting in with our modest ensemble.


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 151 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 2018:



  • April 8
  • April 22
  • May 6
  • May 20



  • Memorial Day, May 30, Grafton


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

On the bandwagon, Wardsboro, Vermont