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 “Touch of Latin”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 “flavor” with Sammy Nestico’s arrangement of Ernesto Lecuona’s exciting “Malaguena,” Floyd Werle’s arrangement of Frank Perkins’s fast-paced “Fandango,” Genaro Codina’s sassy “Zacatecas” Mexican march, Victor Lopez’s arrangement of “Fiesta Tropicale,”and Mitch Leigh’s beautiful “Man of La Mancha.”
The band will also be performing a medley of swing tunes in “Crooner’s Serenade” featuring “Moondance,” “I’ve Got You Under my Skin,” and “Save the Last Dance for Me.” More numbers on August 6 will be Harold Walter’s “Instant Concert,” Calvin Custer’s arrangement of Gershwin’s “Summertime” with trumpet soloist Tim Ford, and Warren Barker’s arrangement of Harold Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow” with tenor saxophone soloist Thom Dorris. Guest vocalist Roscoe Shipley will sing John Stafford Smith’s “The Star-Spangled Banner—A Symphonic Portrait.”
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) 483-3044 and visit www.orcb.org for more information.