Reedley celebrates 100 years of band shell with free concert

Reedley College Band readies to perform a free concert hosted by the Reedley Historical Society in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the Reedley Band Shell in Pioneer Park

(Kenny Goodman)
(Kenny Goodman)
Mid Valley Times Staff
Published July 7, 2023  • 
11:00 am

REEDLEY – Community members can come together at Pioneer Park later this month for food and music in celebration of city history. 

The Reedley College Band, conducted by Christine Keenan, will perform from the Reedley Band Shell at 7:30 p.m. July 28. Dennis Salwasser, the president of the Reedley Historical Society, said the society organized the concert as a way to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of the Reedley Band Shell. The concert is scheduled at the same time a food truck rally from Fresno Street Eats is expected to be at the park. 

“I was born and raised in this area and I remember seeing a lot of things happen (in the band shell),” Salwasser said. “It’s part of Reedley’s history, and that’s one of the things the Reedley Museum is trying to protect.” 

The concert program is yet to be decided, but members of the historical society will speak on the history of the band shell before the performance, Salwasser said. Although attendance is free, the historical society is encouraging donations that will go toward both the Reedley College Band and a plaque that will mark 100 years of the band shell. 

Concert attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets and arrive early to check out the food truck vendors. 

The Reedley Band Shell was first erected in July 1923, which was the same year the Reedley High School was dedicated and the first fruit packing shed was built. 

For more information, call the Reedley Museum at 559-638-1913 or visit the museum in person from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Mid Valley Times Staff