This News Archive page contains St. Johnsbury Band news stories from 2006.
St. Johnsbury Band to Perform at Farmers' Night
The St. Johnsbury Band will perform as part of this years Farmers' Night Concert Series. The
Band will play on Wednesday evening, April 5th at 7:30pm. The concert will be in the rotunda
of the Statehouse in Montpelier, VT.
The Farmers' Night concert series is hosted by the Vermont Legislature. These free concerts are
cultural and entertainment programs held every Wednesday night throughout the winter and early
spring excluding Town Meeting week and any possible weather-related cancellations. Farmer's Night
is a tradition dating back almost to the Civil War.
Farmers' Night originated as a meeting of farmer-legislators with the interest of securing better
legislation for farmer's interests in Vermont. Over time, the meetings evolved into a performance
series for lawmakers staying in Montpelier all week during the winter and early spring legislative
sessions and the public. Though many now commute, the Farmers' Night tradition continues, and the
event is open to all until the House Chamber is full.
For more on the interesting and colorful history of Farmer's Night, please see the "Landmarks"
column in the Winter 2005-2006 edition of Vermont Life magazine.
The St. Johnsbury Band awarded its highest recognition, Lifetime Membership, to Dr. Ronald
Ducham and John Goodrich at its annual meeting November 3, 2006. Lifetime membership is given
only to band members who have given enduring time and made significant efforts to advance the
goals of the St. Johnsbury Band.
Ducham, clarinet, and Goodrich, tuba and baritone, are longtime band members and fine musicians.
They have both been members since the 1960s and have regularly attended rehearsals and performances
over the years despite significant professional and personal conflicting obligations. Both have
served, at various times, as director, assistant manager, and manager of the band. They have
distinguished themselves through extraordinary service by rearranging the band's music library of
thousands of pieces of music.
Goodrich also has done significant research on the bands lengthy history as the third-oldest
continuously operating band in the United States. Both men are founding members of the Maple
Leaf Seven Dixieland Band.
Ducham has practiced general dentistry since 1967 and lives in St. Johnsbury with his wife,
Madeline. Goodrich is vice president and general manager for Weidmann Electrical Technology
in St. Johnsbury, where he has worked since the early 1970s. He lives with his wife, Nancy,
in St. Johnsbury.
Complete lists of the St. Johnsbury Band member awards is available on the Members page.