After a very successful concert on July 4 before a large and amazing audience who stayed even through the rain showers, the Oak Ridge Community Band is currently rehearsing for its third concert of the summer to be held on Sunday evening, August 6, at A.K. Bissell Park.
Beginning at 7 p.m. that day, the Community Band will perform a â€œTouch of Latinâ€program, which will also include some swing, jazz, and show tunes. There is no admission fee for the summer concerts, although donations are gratefully accepted to help with community band expenses.
The public is encouraged to bring chairs or blankets for outdoor seating, and Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lab will provide refreshments.
Directed by Dale Pendley, the Community Band program on August 6 will have a Latin â€œflavorâ€ with Sammy Nestico’s arrangement of Ernesto Lecuona’s exciting â€œMalaguena,” Floyd Werle’s arrangement of Frank Perkins’s fast-paced â€œFandango,â€ Genaro Codina’s sassy â€œZacatecasâ€ Mexican march, Victor Lopez’s arrangement of â€œFiesta Tropicale,â€and Mitch Leigh’s beautiful â€œMan of La Mancha.â€
The band will also be performing a medley of swing tunes in â€œCrooner’s Serenadeâ€ featuring â€œMoondance,â€ â€œI’ve Got You Under my Skin,â€ and â€œSave the Last Dance for Me.â€ More numbers on August 6 will be Harold Walter’s â€œInstant Concert,â€ Calvin Custer’s arrangement of Gershwin’s â€œSummertimeâ€ with trumpet soloist Tim Ford, and Warren Barker’s arrangement of Harold Arlen’s â€œOver the Rainbowâ€ with tenor saxophone soloist Thom Dorris. Guest vocalist Roscoe Shipley will sing John Stafford Smith’s â€œThe Star-Spangled Bannerâ€”A Symphonic Portrait.â€
The Oak Ridge Community Band is a member of the Arts Council of Oak Ridge and holds rehearsals every Thursday evening at the First Baptist Church. Area musicians who would like to join the band can call (865) 483-3044Â and visitÂ www.orcb.orgÂ for more information.