Bangor- A piece of Bangor history is finally back home after years of being missing.
The Bangor band is a big part of the city’s current culture but it also is a key part of it’s history. The band was formed 156 years ago and its members have been entertaining the community ever since. But for many decades there has been a mystery looming.
“Sometime after 1928, the band was going down and playing for functions in and around the boston area and we think it may have been left or stolen, but we do know that after that point we didn’t have the drum in our possession,” said Lori Wingo, the President of the Bangor Band.
For the past 87 years, everyone in the band knew about the mystery of the drum, but no one knew where it could have gone.
“It had kind of been a big myth in the band for years and years,” Wingo said.
But after several years and a strange twist of events, the long lost drum was located.
“Lori contacted me and said we found the drum in Massachusetts in an antique dealers shop, they wanted to turn it into a coffee table and I said, ‘No way! Lets see what we can do,’” said Mayor Nelson Durgin.
After extensive research to confirm the drum’s authenticity, the band and the Bangor Historical Society teamed up to purchase the drum and bring it back to it’s hometown.
“Luckily we had photographs, and there is a 1898 memorial day picture of the band which prominently features the drum. The lettering and placement of the lettering, it’s identical. And so we know that’s our drum,” said Wingo.
“Having the drum back with the band and having it back in Bangor where it belongs is a big deal, really,” said Mayor Durgin.
Citizens are encouraged to attend the official rededication of the drum on May 3rd at 5pm at the Bangor High School.