Historical documents  confirm local town band concerts in Royalton dating back at least as far back as the summer of 1886. Newspaper articles indicate performances by a cornet band, common in that era, as early as 1869. Research indicates a history of band concerts being given by local musicians for at least 1.5 centuries .
The Royalton Town Band has been in its present form for far more than 78 years. Since the mid-1940s and through the 2015 season, we were directed by Mr. Richard W. (Dick) Ellis. Since his passing, the band has affirmed its intent to continue with tradition and develop new leadership.
Recognizing the need for better access and to hold a larger number of band members, a committee was formed to explore the design, construction, and location of a new bandstand. With help from a small number of major donors, and many contributors in the community, a new modern bandstand was constructed on the South Royalton Green. In 2004, the new Richard W. Ellis Bandstand opened.