Every Friday evening from the end of June through the end of August, Chatham Band puts on a free concert in Kate Gould Park on Main Street, just next door to the Wayside Inn.
The band got its start in 1931 as the American Legion Band, with a core group of 12 members plus some area musicians. After a few years, they moved to a new hall belonging to the Improved Order of Red Men, which is when they changed their name to Chatham Band and adopted their signature red uniforms. They had to disband temporarily due to World War II, but since the late 1940s Chatham Band has been performing free concerts at Gould Park.
Today this 40-piece band performs classics like Moon River, patriotic songs, medleys from musicals, movie themes such as Star Wars Saga and the James Bond Theme, songs for children like The Bunny Hop and Disney tunes, as well as sing-a-longs like YMCA and Sweet Caroline.