Band concert in Park


GREENVILLE — The Greenville Municipal Concert Band returns to the Marling Band Shell in the Greenville City Park on Sunday, August 14. Concert time will be 7 p.m.

“There is plenty of seating available on park benches, or listeners may bring their own lawn chairs. There is no admission charge for the concert,” said organizers.

The band will be under the direction of its associate director, Doug Albright.

The overture for the evening will be music from the operetta “La Belle Helene.” Composer Jacques Offenbach combines the waltz and can-can to evoke the feeling of 19th century Paris in this lively music. Dance music of a completely different type is featured in a medley of polka favorites entitled “Big Band Polka.” The audience will hear familiar show tunes when the band plays music from the musical “Oliver.” Brian McKibben will move from the trombone section to the podium to conduct music from the recently released movie, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Bevin Fields will be a guest vocalist with the band on this concert. Fields is a native of Massachusetts. She earned her BA in classical vocal performance from Eastern Nazarene College in Boston, Massachusetts. She and her husband make their home in Darke County, where she works as an LPN for hospice. She will be singing “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me.” Both songs are the work of the American popular music icon, George Gershwin.

The band is well known for its performance of traditional march music. Marches scheduled to be performed on Sunday’s concert include “The Thunderer” by John Phillip Sousa, “Colonel Bogey” by Kenneth Alford, “In Quest of Excellence” by Robert Longfield and “On the Mall” by Edwin Franko Goldman.

The band takes a break from the stage on the following Sunday for the Great Darke County Fair. The band will return to the park with a concert of swing and jazz favorites by the Greenville Municipal Big Band on Sunday, Aug. 28.

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