This Friday, Aug. 4, the Lake Area Community Band, under the direction of Marty Becker, will perform in the Warsaw Parks and Recreation Summer Concert Series.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Central Park Plaza.
In addition to the Lake Area Band, the Warsaw Optimist Singers will perform.
The Lake Area Community Band has been bringing the “Joy of Music to Our Communities” since 1989, according to a news release provided by Becker. The band’s schedule this season includes nine concerts across several lake communities in Northern Indiana.
The band is currently celebrating their 34th year and has a current roster of 55 members, ranging in age from 16 to 84.
The Warsaw Optimist Singers were formed in 1985 by Phil Eherenman. The group has been together for 38 years and has three original members still singing. In 2006, Becker began directing the group.
The 55-member concert band and 18-member Optimist Barbershop Chorus have a great program planned for the audience with a variety of music, the release states.
A prelude concert at 6:45 p.m. will feature the Optimist Singers performing some barbershop favorites like “My Wild Irish Rose,” “Coney Island Babe” and “In the Good Ole Summertime.”
The LACB will begin the program at 7 p.m. with the “March and Procession of Bacchus.” Additional selections will include “Heartland,” “Choose Joy” and “Tuba Tiger Rag” featuring Mark Mordue.
Throughout the concert, the band will feature several sections. First up will be the trombones performing “The Trombone Rag.” Joe Peloza, assistant director, will conduct this and John Philip Sousa’s “The Thunderer March.” The Optimist Singers will join forces on several patriotic selections including “America the Beautiful,” “American Heroes,” which will honor all the veterans in the audience, and a medley of patriotic songs featured in “Our America.”
The second half of the program will begin with “Friska” from Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
Rounding out the evening the band will pay tribute to the recent passing of Tony Bennett with playing an arrangement of “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.”
Also featured is Corbin Keene on alto saxophone with “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
The woodwind section will also be featured with “Woodwind Polka.”
The program will conclude with “The Washington Post March” by Sousa.
The concert is free, and the audience is encouraged to bring lawn chairs.