Sunday, June 24, 2012

Hartland Community Band Summer Series

The Hartland Community Band, under the direction of Jack Schulze, has announced their summer season of concerts.  They begin on Friday June 29th in Nixon Park in Hartland at 7 PM, with a Hometown Celebration Concert.  The band will next perform in the Hartland Parade on Sunday July 1 at 1 PM through downtown Hartland.

On Wednesday August 1st, the band travels to Hartford for a joint concert with the Hartford City Band at 7 PM in Woodland Park.  The band returns the next night to Nixon Park for a summer concert at 7 PM.

On Wednesday August 15th, the band performs in Oconomowoc at the City Beach Bandshell at 7:30 to round out the summer schedule.

New this year is a concert on Sunday October 7th at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, entitled the Gib Wiegel Scholarship Concert.  More details will come once they are set.  For more information, see the Hartland Community Band web site.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Shorewood Concert Band

The next concert by the Shorewood Concert Band is Thursday June 21 at 7 PM in Atwater Park, corner of Lake Drive and Capitol Drive.  Be sure to bring a chair or blanket.  And in case of rain, the concert will be let's hope that if it does rain, the rain comes after 8:30!

This season Music Director Dr. Patricia Backhaus has decided to play each of the movements of the First Suite in Eb by Gustav Holst at the first three concerts, and the complete suite at the last concert.  The concert on Saturday the 9th saw the band perform the third and final movement, the March.  This week, they perform the second movement, the Intermezzo.  Be sure to hear all of the movements at the first three concerts, and then come back to hear them in the order designated by the composer on July 19th.

Also on the program on June 21st is a gorgeous piece by Gabrieli:  Sonata pian'e forte,  Seaside Ballad by Jim Duff, and March for Moderns by Jared Spears.  And the concert would not be complete without a march by Sousa.  This week Dr. Pat presents the famous Washington Post.

It is always great fun at the Shorewood concerts.  See you at Atwater Park on Thursday the 21st!

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Summer Season Preview: Racine Concert Band

The Racine Concert Band begins its summer season with their 1,428th free concert on Sunday July 1 at 7:30 PM at the Band shell in the Racine Zoo Park on Main Street.  While the programs for each concert are still being set, Maestro Mark Eichner will be sure to have a lot of fun music, including marches, show tunes, light classics, and some big band jazz. 

The Racine Band almost always features different individuals and groups from within the band, and this year will be no exception.  The Band also features local and regional soloists to perform everything from jazz to opera.  And every concert ends with a rousing march!

In July, the concerts will begin at 7:30, while the August concerts begin at 7 PM.  You can hear the Racine Concert Band on July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, as well as August 5, 12, and 19.  All of these concerts will be at the Zoo Park at the Band shell.

The Band will also perform in the FourthFest parade at 9 AM, and will perform before the fireworks at North Beach that evening beginning at 7:30 PM. 

Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair.  And don't forget your thinking cap, in order to participate in the Racine Concert Band Quiz!

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Summer season preview: Shorewood Concert Band

The Shorewood Concert Band begins its summer season on Saturday June 9th at Atwater park at 12:30 PM performing at the Shorewood Men's Club Chicken Dinner.  Of course, you already know that from this blog.  The band will perform three other concerts, all in Atwater Park, at the corner of Capitol Drive and Lake Drive.  They will be on Thursday June 21 at 7 PM, Wednesday July 4 as a part of the Shorewood Independence Celebration beginning at 6:30 PM, and on Thursday July 19 at 7 PM.

Dr. Patricia Backhaus is now setting up some the programs for those concerts.  They will include the music of Broadway and the Movies, light classics, lots of marches, and a lot of fun!

Be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair for the concerts.  And bug spray can be helpful as well!

So, mark your calendar for the 4 concert series of the Shorewood Concert Band.  See you at Atwater Park on the 9th!