Nevers’ Band Mourns the Loss of Dr. Robert Rainie
Dr. Robert Rainie of Concord NH passed away Monday October 8, 2012 at the age of 92. Dr. Rainie was very proud of the fact that in 2011, at age 91, he was the band’s oldest performing member!
He was the son of Herbert W. Rainie who was the band’s conductor from 1940 – 1950. Bob Rainie was in medical school during some of his father’s tenure as conductor but joined the band in 1955 and played until 2011, celebrating a venerable band career of 56 years.
Bob was often the band’s featured soloist, playing popular trombone and baritone solos that his father had arranged specifically for him.
Bob’s daughter Jiffi, plays French Horn with the band and followed in her grandfathers footsteps as conductor for 6 years.
In addition to being an accomplished musician, and well loved physician, Bob realized the importance of music and loved promoting live music through his work with the Gile Fund concerts. Whether he was playing or singing in church or performing in area musicals or even performing during the annual blood drive, he made each musical event important.
Nevers’ Band has gained so much from Bob’s excellent musicianship, passionate involvement and vigorous support. We will miss his beautiful solos, his smile and his vigor for the music he loved so very much.
A Message from the Director:
I am the new conductor of the Nevers’ 2nd Regiment Band and I am excited to join an organization with such a rich history. The Nevers’ Band dates all the way back to the civil war and has had a number of very distinguished members over the years, including world renowned composer John Adams. I am proud to be a part of this tradition.
We have made a few changes to the band recently. Instrumentation has been expanded to approximately forty members. Most notably, this includes the addition of double reeds, a full four member horn section and a regular timpani player.
Our concerts will continue to offer a variety of summer POPS material. The majority or our programs will be made up of light, fun selections, but we will also be putting a new focus on a small number of very demanding classical compositions. Recently, we have been working on Nevers’ alum John Adams' "A Short Ride in a Fast Machine.”
We now invite outstanding guest conductors to conduct about half of our summer concerts. This keeps things fresh and exposes the band and audience to a variety of new repertoire. The band has recently been guest conducted by Bill Drury - Associate Director of Wind Ensembles at New England Conservatory, Gary Corcoran - recently retired Director of Bands at Plymouth State University, Phil Martin - Band Director at Campbell High School, and Ben Greene - Assistant Principal and former music teacher at Concord High School.
The Nevers’ 2nd Regiment Band celebrated a milestone 150th anniversary on July 31, 2011. We look forward to providing the greater Concord area with exciting, educational and enjoyable concerts for years to come.
Rick Cook, Director
Philip K. Martin Conducts Nevers' Band
Philip K. Martin is currently teaching music at Campbell High School in Litchfield, NH where he is responsible for Band, Jazz Band, Guitar, and World Percussion classes. Previous to that he taught in the Concord, Londonderry, Gilford and Belmont (NH) schools. His students have received Superior and Outstanding ratings in festivals and competitions in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, and Florida...... MORE
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