WPI’s Concert Band Performance of "The Ride"

Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 03:00 PM

WPI’s Concert Band will perform a world premiere piece, which helps tell the story of Major Taylor, Worcester’s world cycling champion who battled prejudice in sport & in life. The free concert, open to the public, will be held at the Worcester Area Mission Society, at 6 Institute Rd.

Major Taylor was the second African American athlete to win a World Championship in any sport. “The Worcester Whirlwind” won the world cycling championship in 1899 and became the American sprint champion in 1900. Born in Indianapolis, later making Worcester his home, Taylor battled racism and prejudice from white riders and some neighbors. His often-untold story is the subject of a new documentary from WTIU, Indiana Public Media.

In Worcester, Taylor’s legacy is honored in several ways including a statue at the Worcester Public Library; the Major Taylor Museum, which opened in 2021; and the annual George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor – a challenging hill climb for cyclists which raises funds for the Major Taylor Association.

The WPI Concert Band is honored to help tell his story. Learn More