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Civic band ends season with children’s concert

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Members of the Montgomery County Civic Band will wrap up its summer concert season Sunday with tunes to thrill the young and the young-at-heart.

The hour-long performance begins at 3 p.m. in the gazebo on the grounds of Lane Place.

Gary Ketchum, band director, said the last performance of the season is always bittersweet, but since it is geared toward children, it is always a lot of fun.

The band will open with the “Star Spangled Banner,” then concert-goers will enjoy tunes from “Moana,” “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Enchanted.”

These arrangements will be followed by the “William Tell Overture Finale,” “Magic of Harry Potter,” “Lassus Trombone,” which features a display of slide trombone, and “Highlights from La La Land.”

As always, the concert will conclude with the playing of “Stars and Stripes,” and children will be invited to direct the band.

Ketchum said this season has drawn big crowds, even on rainy days.

“The people seem really happy to see the band back,” he said. “The band was really happy to get back together and play music again.”

Many new members joined the band, including teenagers.

“We are always happy to get young players in the band,” Ketchum said. “They help the band sound better and they learn more about their instruments from the older players.”

Concert-goers are asked to bring a blanket or lawn chair to Sunday’s performance. Free-will donations will be accepted. Proceeds help the band purchase music for future seasons.

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