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A community band made up of members of all ages from across the Maritimes is performing for the world this week in Pamplona, Spain.

Sean Patrick Young

The Maritime Community Band is a one-time-only group that has come together just for the cross-Atlantic trip.

Rowan FitzGerald is a retired music educator from P.E.I. who is playing alto saxophone with the band while in Spain. When he is on the Island, he is one of three co-conductors of the Second Chances Band, which has a mandate to give adults another chance to learn an instrument.

The Maritime Community Band includes members of the Second Chances Bands in Charlottetown, Fredericton and Halifax and two other P.E.I. bands.

Second Chances Band P.E.I. offers adults an opportunity to relive their band-playing youth or to experience an instrument for the first time

The third time may be a charm, but for some musically inclined minds who missed their first band playing opportunity as a teen or want to revisit that earnest era, there’s the Second Chances Band P.E.I.

“It’s a second chance for those who have played before but have given it up and now want to take it up again. And it’s a second chance for those who always wanted to but (didn’t),” says Allie McCrady, who is a co-conductor and band leader for this community band program, along with fellow retired music instructor Rowan Fitzgerald.