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Community Band’s Spring Concert coming next week

By Staff | Mar 22, 2011

The program for BIG ARTS Community Band's Spring Concert next week will include several patriotic marches as well as standards made popular by legendary musicians Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.

Everybody loves a toe-tappin’ march. And everybody loves spring. So it’s only natural that the BIG ARTS Community Band would combine the two during next week’s annual Spring Concert, to be staged at Schein Performance Hall.

On Tuesday, March 29, the swinging sounds of music legends Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, plus a number of patriotic melodies will fill the air beginning at 7 p.m.

According to BIG ARTS Community Band Director Don Knowland, who leads 35-member ensemble playing flutes, drums, saxophone, clarinets and tubas, selected songs for the Spring Concert himself.

“I tried to put together a program that matches the excitement of the season,” said Knowland. “Everybody loves marches, and everybody loves the music of Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. The songs that we’re gonna play will inspire people to remember what great musicians they were.”

BIG ARTS Community Band will perform selections made famous by Ellington, including “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Mood Indigo” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” as well as a number of Goodman tunes, including “Stompin’ At The Savoy,” “Moonglow” and “Sing Sing Sing.”

The band also plans to play popular American favorites, including “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “When The Saints Go Marching In” and “Stars And Stripes Forever.” Among the other offerings will be “Amazing Grace.”

Tickets for adults are $10; children 17 and under are free with adult. The concert will be held in Schein Performance Hall, located at 900 Dunlop Road on Sanibel.

As a “new horizons” band (an international organization for musicians who experienced a long hiatus from playing their instruments), the band welcomes participation from new and visiting musicians. The band rehearses on Monday evenings from October through April at St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church.

In addition to Tuesday’s concert on Sanibel, the group will be performing a free show at Shell Point’s Village Church Auditorium in South Fort Myers on Monday night.

For further information about the BIG ARTS Community Band or to purchase tickets, stop by BIG ARTS, call 395-0900, e-mail info@BIGARTS.org or log on to www.BIGARTS.org.