Hollidaysburg Community Band
Canal Basin Park: Anne Sloan Borland Performing Arts Pavilion and the Sylvia H. Schraff Amphitheater
About the Band Shell
Directions to Canal Basin Park
Concerts at the Band Shell
Other Things to do at Canal Basin


About the Band Shell

This wonderful facility was an outgrowth of the Hollidaysburg Community Band's strategic planning efforts. The band identified a need for a band shell that they could play in during the summer months. In discussing this concept with area community groups, it was discovered that the Hollidaysburg Rotary Club was interested in building a stage at the Canal Basin Park. A contact was made with Hollidaysburg Borough, who told the group that the borough had a grant from the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, which it could not use because it required a matching grant.

Armed with this information, a committee was formed in the summer of 2004 to determine local interest and ability to raise the matching monies. The committee consisted of members of the Borough Council, the Hollidaysburg Community Band, the Hollidaysburg Alumni Chorus, the Hollidaysburg Rotary, the Hollidaysburg Art League, area businesses and interested community residents. The committee put together a plan, approached the Borough Council, and was given approval to proceed.

The committee felt the purpose of the proposed pavilion was to:
· enhance the artists' ability to perform for area audiences
· enhance the Canal Basin Park and attract additional visitors to the area
· provide the people in the local area with an opportunity to be exposed to a variety of performing arts programs
· provide an atmosphere that would attract larger audiences
· provide a venue that would attract performers from a wide spectrum of ages and abilities

The committee worked on the project with local engineers, architects, landscape architects, finance institutions and community leaders to design the pavilion and the grounds. A pre-cut cedar pavilion was decided upon and a natural turf amphitheater was designed. Estimated costs were received and the committee began the task of raising the necessary monies.

Local area foundations, banking institutions, businesses, civic groups, and individuals donated generously to the project, and by the winter of 2006, the money was raised. Construction began in the spring of 2006 and was finished before winter. The dedication of the pavilion was held in May of 2007 and featured speeches by local officials, a ribbon cutting, and a special concert by the Hollidaysburg Alumni & Community Band with participation by the Alumni Chorus.

The Hollidaysburg Community Band now has a home and a wonderful venue for its summer concerts. Special thanks go out to the many donors, who generously made this happen, to the Hollidaysburg Borough Council who believed in and supported the committee, and to the Hollidaysburg Rotary, who changed their idea of a stage to partner with the committee and build a pavilion that would serve the community for years to come.

Directions to Canal Basin Park

From Route 22, turn onto Newry Street into Gaysport. At the first intersection, turn LEFT onto Bedford Street. Parking for Canal Basin Park will be on your LEFT. After parking, walk across the pedestrian bridge toward the Reiser House Visitors Center. The band shell will be to your left.

Click Here for an on-line map to the Hollidaysburg Canal Basin Park.

Concerts at the Band Shell

Our audience for Band Shell concerts is "on the lawn." Please plan to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating. Seating on the lawn is first come, first served, so reserve your spot early!


Other Things to do at Canal Basin

In addition to the Anne Sloan Borland Performing Arts Pavilion and the Sylvia Schraff Amphitheater, Canal Basin Park is home to walking/bicycle trails, a visitor's center, and playground. For more information, please visit the Hollidaysburg Borough Website.