band·​stand | \ˈban(d)-ˌstand \

Definition of bandstand 

1 : a usually roofed platform on which a band or orchestra performs outdoors

2 : a platform in a ballroom or nightclub on which musicians perform

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Hoping to revitalize the area, the town fathers bought the land in 1928, and the Northport Village Park, with its community bandstand, was dedicated in 1933. Marcelle Sussman Fischler, New York Times, "Northport, N.Y.: Old-Time Charm in a Waterfront Village," 2 May 2018 As 1,200 people watched, Debs stepped to the front of a wooden bandstand. Erick Trickey, Smithsonian, "When America’s Most Prominent Socialist Was Jailed for Speaking Out Against World War I," 15 June 2018 The promenade also offers carnival games themed to films such as Wall•E Space Race as well as a bandstand where The Pixarmonic Orchestra performs tunes from Pixar films playing wacky instruments like kazoos and slide whistles. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018 Suggested improvements Thursday night included a possible spray pool or more playground equipment for children, updating the restrooms, repairing the bandstand for concerts and adding more shelters. Lynn Horsley, kansascity, "Overland Park community has its say about plans for Santa Fe Commons Park," 18 June 2018 For two hours on the bandstand in Canton, Debs defended imprisoned anti-war activists from accusations of disloyalty. Erick Trickey, Smithsonian, "When America’s Most Prominent Socialist Was Jailed for Speaking Out Against World War I," 15 June 2018 And the lights on the little white bandstand on Penobscot Avenue, brightly lit for Christmas, went dark. Thomas Farragher,, "In Maine, a town on the brink of extinction plots a comeback," 13 Feb. 2018 Deep into his 80s, the man personified youthful energy and exuberance on the bandstand and off. Howard Reich,, "Stars and students pay tribute to piano giant Willie Pickens," 19 Apr. 2018 As legions of music lovers were enjoying the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival at Golden Gate Park last year, Oakland bassist, vocalist and songwriter Aneesa Strings was making her own disparate memories on bandstands in the Bay Area. Yoshi Kato, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bassist Aneesa Strings off to a fast start," 26 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of bandstand

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of bandstand

: a covered outdoor platform on which a band or orchestra plays

: a raised indoor platform on which a band or orchestra plays


band·​stand | \ˈband-ˌstand \

Kids Definition of bandstand

: an outdoor platform used for band concerts

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