Next concert November 18, 2018
Salute to the Veterans
After a successful first season, the Southwest Florida Concert Band is taking the summer off. Rehearsals will start again in October with another fantastic selection of entertaining music. The November concert will be a Salute to our Veterans and include Armed Forces Salute, Leonard Bernstein’s America, The Blue and the Gray, Appalachian Morning, America the Beautiful and more.
Our always Popular Christmas concert will be Music for Kids of all Ages and include music from the movies Polar Express and Frozen, Canadian Brass Christmas Suite, Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festival, a Christmas Carol sing along and more festive music.
January will feature music from Broadway including Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma, Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera and others. February will be a program of music by John Williams. Our March concert always features the best concert band music available for our group and next season will be no exception.
These are not to be missed concerts of Southwest Florida’s newest community band. All concerts are free with donations accepted. Information on the band, the scholarship program, and other performance dates can be found on our website.
This will be the second season of the Southwest Florida Concert Band. The new band traces it’s roots to the now closed Lehigh Concert Band where for 38 years that band performed in many different capacities to provide concerts and musical groups in Lehigh Acres. The creation of the Southwest Florida Concert Band as the area’s newest community concert band fills a niche as a smaller more compact musical group of up to 50 musicians as opposed to the other larger (up to 100 members) groups that perform in this part of Florida.
The musical programming will be similar to what you may hear at a Naples Band or Bonita Springs Band concert but inside in a very good auditorium setting that will enhance the sound of the music. Next season will be a pivotal year for the band as it works to build an audience of appreciative music lovers so we have selected a wide variety of entertaining music including demanding and melodic overtures, stirring marches, popular movie music, old classics and more.
The past January concert brought music of Broadway including selections from Chicago, Lion King, Chorus Line and some Andrew Lloyd Weber. February featured music from the movies including Pirates of the Caribbean, Beauty and the Beast, Jungle Book John Williams, and a featured musician from Canada performing the Artie Shaw clarinet concerto We also performed Leroy Anderson’s Bugler’s Holiday featuring three of our trumpet players.. The March concert saw the band play an incredibly varied program of music that included music of James Bond, Tijuana Brass, Grease, Beach Boys, Wizard of Oz, and featured Kathy Engle on vocals of O’Danny Boy and S’Wonderful as well a our own John Winters playing Trumpeters Lullaby.
If you enjoy listening to a wide variety of concert music performed by local musicians who live in your neighborhood, we invite you to come and listen to one of our concerts this season and enjoy the feeling music can bring to your life.
Diane Boudreau President@SWFLConcertBand.org