Municipal Band series begins

June 08, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

The Hagerstown Municipal Band will kick off its 92nd season of free music in City Park this Sunday with a Flag Day ceremony, Band Manager Richard S. Keesecker says.

This Sunday's concert will start at 7 p.m. with a Flag Day ceremony by the Hagerstown Elks Lodge.

For the rest of the season, which runs through Aug. 20, concerts will start at 7:30 p.m. That start time should provide enough light for people entering and leaving the park for the band's concerts, Keesecker says. The concerts usually last an hour.

The series will highlight Tri-State area husband and wife soloists three times this season starting Sunday with Master Sgt. Fred Gleason and his wife, Lisa. Fred Gleason is a trombonist with the U.S. Army Band. Lisa Gleason, who plays the trumpet, is a former member of the Army Band Herald Trumpets.

On June 18, Colleen Crafton, who plays the trombone, and her husband, Don, who plays the bass trombone, will perform solos.


On July 30, trombonist Eric Plum will perform a solo and a duet with his wife, Jodi, a bassoonist.

The band will have a patriotic program July 2, for the Fourth of July, featuring organ soloist C. Randall Williams from the Chambersburg, Pa., area.

Each concert will feature the 45-piece band playing marches, show tunes, overtures and other musical selections.

If you go...

WHAT: The Hagerstown Municipal Band Summer Concert Series

WHEN: 7 p.m. Sunday, June 11; 7:30 p.m. Sundays, June 18 through Aug. 20

WHERE: Peter Buys Band Shell, City Park, Hagerstown

COST: Free

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