Civic Band opens summer concert season Sunday


Members of the Montgomery County Civic Band will launch the 59th summer concert season Sunday with a rock ‘n roll playlist.

The hour-long performance is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. at the gazebo on the grounds of Lane Place.

Gary Ketchum, band director, said the first performance of the season is always the most fun, and will be upbeat.

He said the band has grown and now has between 45-50 members.

“We’ve had quite a few new members join us,” he said. “And the band sounds really good.

The band will open with the traditional playing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” Concert-goers will then revisit the roots of rock ‘n roll with “The Beatles Remembered,” an energy-packed medley that brings back fond memories of John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney.

This arrangements will be followed by a medley of tunes from the James Bond movies as well as music made popular from the band Chicago.

Patrick Burnette will be a featured soloist on the alto saxophone. He will play “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”

The audience will then be treated to a medley of Neil Diamond music as well as music from Stevie Wonder and The Association.

The band will then play “Rock, Roll and Remember” from Dick Clark’s American Bandstand days.

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

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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