A little history

Leonard B. Smith and the Detroit Concert Band at Remick Bandshell Photo: Detroit Historical Museum

Leonard B. Smith and the Detroit Concert Band at Remick Bandshell
Photo: Detroit Historical Museum

Erected in 1950 by Detroit music publisher Jerome H. Remick, the Remick Bandshell was a popular venue for summer concerts on Belle Isle performed by the Detroit Concert Band until 1980.

The Remick bandshell cost $150,000 and replaced an older rounded one nestled on a small waterway between the Nancy Brown Carillon Tower and the skating pavilion. Listeners would sit on the rows of green park benches, lie on blankets on the lawn, or sit in their canoes pulled up on the shore. The stage was 40 x 80 feet and could accommodate 80 musicians. The structure included restrooms, a radio control room, dressing and assembly rooms and storage. The design of the shell could push the sounds for a typical concert out to an audience of 10,000. 




our mission


Since 1980, the bandshell has been neglected and is no longer usable. Summer concerts have disappeared from the island. The metro Detroit area is home to many passionate musicians who play in several area concert bands. A few of those musicians have formed the group MOBIG - Music On Belle Isle Group, dedicated to returning summer band concerts to Belle Isle and to restoring the Remick Bandshell. MOBIG has reached out to the pertinent agencies that manage Belle Isle State Park to get support for this effort. Several area community concert bands performed in the River Blast concert series last summer and are committed to perform in 2019. MOBIG believes that River Blast will be widely received by area residents and lead to support for the restoration of the Remick Bandshell and a permanent home for an on-going summer concert series. 


participating bands since 2018

Farmington Community Band
Royal Oak Concert Band
Ferndale Community Concert Band
North Oakland Concert Band
Motor City Brass Band
Novi Community Band
Plymouth Community Band
Belgian and Heritage Concert Bands
Rea Deal Big Band
Five Lakes Silver Band
Peace Jubilee Brass Band
Downriver Community Band
Warren Concert Band
Canton Concert Band

What We've accomplished

  • Established Music On Belle Isle Group - MOBIG

  • Established MOBIG as non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Michigan

  • Organized MOBIG with board of directors and officers

  • Establish bylaws for organization

  • Established MOBIG non-profit 501(c)(3) certification

  • Held several meetings with Belle Isle Park staff and DNR

  • Organized the second annual Belle Isle River Blast! summer concert series with area concert bands

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