Photos: Memorial Day Concert in Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge Memorial Day Concert

Photo by Julio Culiat


The Oak Ridge Community Band performed its annual Memorial Day Concert on Monday, May 25, at at A.K. Bissell Park. Here are pictures by Julio Culiat, a contributor to Oak Ridge Today.

The Monday program included patriotic music and popular American favorites. The 2015 Memorial Day concert had a number of special guest vocalists and a guest announcer, former Oak Ridge Mayor Tom Beehan. Guest vocalists included Charlie Blake, Mike Cates, Lettie Andrade De La Torre, Whitney Denton, Deidre Ford, Robert May, Brill Morrow, Roscoe Shipley, and Melody Turner. They sang “God Bless the USA,” “The Stars and Stipes Forever,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “The Armed Forces Salute.”

Among other numbers performed on Monday were “Highlights from Showboat,” “The Girl I Left Behind Me,” Sousa’s “Semper Fidelis,” and “Black Granite,” which is a tribute to Vietnam War veterans. [Read more…]

Memorial Day concert on Monday dedicated to veterans

Oak Ridge Community Band July 4, 2014 Concert

The Oak Ridge Community Band performs during a July 4, 2014 concert. (Photo by Larry Perry)


Special recognition will be given to area veterans and those currently serving in the military during an annual Memorial Day Concert by the Oak Ridge Community Band on Monday. The concert will start at 7 p.m. Monday, May 25, at A.K. Bissell Park.

During the show, the Oak Ridge Community Band will “kick off” its 71st season of outstanding band music with a program of patriotic music and popular American favorites, a press release said.

“The Memorial Day concert is an excellent way for area residents, families, and friends to end the holiday weekend and have the opportunity to honor the men and women who have served in the military to maintain our freedom,” the release said. [Read more…]

Oak Ridge Wind Ensemble plays Sunday at ORHS

Oak Ridge Wind Ensemble

Oak Ridge Wind Ensemble members pictured above are Ron Battle on trombone, Tim Michaels on trumpet, and assistant conductor Lisa Michaels on clarinet. (Submitted photo)


The Oak Ridge Wind Ensemble/Community Band’s final concert of the season is Sunday, April 19.

This is your opportunity to hear an amazing program of great music, a press release said.

This performance will begin at 3:30 p.m., and it will be held at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center. [Read more…]

Rescheduled Jazz and Show Concert on Sunday

Deidre Ford

Deidre Ford

The Jazz and Show Concert that was rescheduled last weekend due to weather will now be held Sunday, March 1.

The concert by the Oak Ridge Wind Ensemble/Community Band will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall at 1101 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

It will feature flute soloist RaNaye Dreier, trombone soloist Don Batchelor, vocalist Deidre Ford, and a return appearance of the Dixieland Ensemble. [Read more…]

Community Band has free Labor Day concert in A.K. Bissell Park

Oak Ridge Community Band Concert

The Oak Ridge Community Band performs at a 70th anniversary concert on Independence Day. (File photo)

The Oak Ridge Community Band will perform its annual Labor Day concert on Monday, September 1, at 7 p.m. in A.K. Bissell Park.

This is a free event, and the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for outdoor seating, a press release said. Refreshments will be available for sale.

To help kick off the Community Band’s 2014-2015 subscription season of indoor concerts, the first 200 people attending the Labor Day Concert will be given free tickets to the band’s October 12 concert, which will be held at the Oak Ridge High School auditorium, the press release said. [Read more…]

Christmas sing-along at First Baptist on Sunday

Oak Ridge Community Band

The Oak Ridge Community Band performs at the Dec. 6 Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at the Civic Center. (Submitted photo)

The Oak Ridge Community Band and Wind Ensemble has a Christmas sing-along concert on Sunday.

The free concert is at 7 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church at 1101 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

The concert will be held in the church sanctuary, dress is casual, and song books will be handed to the audience members to sing familiar Christmas carols along with the band, a press release said.

Another highlight of the concert will be several selections performed by the band including Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” Johann Bach’s “If Thou Be Near,” Gustav Holst’s “Christmas Day” featuring a medley of carols, and “The Little Drummer Boy” arranged by former Oak Ridge Community Band director Steve “Doc” Combs and former band member Glenn Bigelow. [Read more…]

Oak Ridge Community Band has last concert of season Sunday

The Oak Ridge Community Band will be presenting its final subscription concert of the 2012-2013 season on Sunday afternoon, April 14, at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center.

The “Music by the Numbers” concert will focus on marches and challenging classical pieces, a press release said. It starts at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission at the door is $8 for adults and $6 for senior citizens and students, and it includes free refreshments at the end of the program. [Read more…]

Community Band concert Sunday features composers who aren’t well-known

The band director at Oliver Springs High School will be the featured soloist in a Sunday afternoon concert in Oak Ridge.

It’s the Oak Ridge Community Band’s “One Note Wonders” concert, and it features the music of composers who aren’t well-known, a press release said. The concert is at the Grove Theater Performing Arts Center, and it starts at 3:30 p.m.

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Community Band concert features classical, blues, modern music

A concert by the Oak Ridge Community Band on Nov. 11 will feature music that includes classical, blues, and modern compositions.

The music has been selected by the band’s percussion section and leaders of the brass sections, which include horns, trumpets, baritones, trombones, and basses.

This Brasso Fortissimo concert is the second concert of the season in the Community Band’s “Voyage of Discovery,” which focuses on performing a number of pieces in the band’s music library that have not been played in a long time or have never been played at all, a press release said.

The concert starts at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at the historic Grove Theater at 123 Randolph Road in Oak Ridge.

The Oak Ridge Community Band is directed by band leader Dale Pendley and assistant conductor Lisa Michaels. Pendley is a retired band director from the Oak Ridge Schools, and Michaels is a music educator in the Loudon County Schools, the press release said.

Admission to the Nov. 11 concert will be $8 for adults, $6 senior citizens and students, and free for subscription members with membership cards. Free refreshments will be provided in the lobby at the end of the performance.

For more information, visit the Community Band’s website at or call (865) 482-3568.

Oak Ridge Community Band begins next concert series on Oct. 14

The Oak Ridge Community Band begins its next concert series on Sunday, Oct. 14, with a “Cane Mutiny” performance.

The concert starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Oak Ridge High School Performing Arts Center.

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