Nicholson-Guenther Band Shell

The Nicholson-Guenther Band Shell was originally built in 1938 by Alden B. Dow. In 2012 the structure was rebuilt to mimic the original building. The Band Shell is home to the Chemical City Band but is also rented to a variety of non-profit groups, churches and small bands to bring free arts and entertainment to the community. When available, the Band Shell is available for private rental for a fee. To inquire about the rental of this facility, please contact Parks and Recreation.   

In the summer of 2021 the parking lot at the band shell will be used as a staging area for heavy equipment used to build the new Miracle Field.  The parking lot will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic.  Please plan accordingly.

Chemical City Band  

The Nicholson-Guenther Band Shell is home to one of Midland's finest traditions, the Chemical City Band. Operating since 1910, the group performs free concerts for the community during the summer months and represents musicians from ages 16 to 90 who come from all walks of life. The performances include a pleasant mix of featured soloists, medleys of show tunes, light classics, and of course, marches.

For a charming slice of American history and an enjoyable evening join us at the Nicholson-Guenther Band Shell in Midland's historic Central Park on Wednesday evenings in June and July.

For more information on the Chemical City Band, please click here.

Weddings in the Parks

The Nicholson-Guenther is a popular location for weddings.  For more information on weddings in the park, please visit our Weddings in the Park page.