The Kirby Band of Nichols, N.Y. has received a grant in the amount of $3,600 from the Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation of Owego, N.Y. for the purpose of installing a permanent electric heating system in the Kirby Band Building formerly known as the Old Asbury Church.

The completed project will result in the elimination of the antiquated way in which the building is now heated. The band currently uses a salamander, which must be fueled and pulled outside on a special deck one hour before each rehearsal. It is equipped with a large hose hooked to a distribution diffuser inside the building. After rehearsal, it needs to be cooled and brought back into the building for storage until the next use. The electric heating system will have a timer and automatically come on at an appropriate time to heat the building before each rehearsal. This will eliminate the necessity of someone arriving one hour before each rehearsal to get the building warm.

The Mildred Faulkner Truman Foundation of Owego, N.Y. has been a supporter of the Kirby Band in the past, providing funds to purchase a specially equipped van to tow the band wagon during parades and to refurbish the exterior of the Kirby Band building. With these funds, it has made it easier for the band to continue providing musical entertainment that is so important to the cultural activities of the area.

The Kirby Band is believed to be one of the oldest continuously performing community bands in the nation. Formed in the early part of the 19th century, the band has been performing every year since 1876 and provides entertainment and musical culture to all residents of Tioga County and surrounding areas, by participating in parades and concerts throughout the summer months, as well as presenting four free concerts in Nichols, N.Y. during the month of August each year.

Members of the band are volunteers from the Northern Tier of Pennsylvania and the Southern Tier of New York. Member's age groups vary from high school to retirees. The music varies almost as greatly. From Joplin to Sousa, from big band to big screen, from the early 1900's and into the 21st century, there is a musical niche for everybody from musician to listener. For further information about the Kirby Band, you may contact James Halton at (607) 565-4895, Janine Callear at (570) 888-6092, or visit

In 2012 The Kirby Band is also supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts' Decentralization Program administered by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.