Sundays in the park

June 04, 2009|By JULIE E. GREENE

Lynn Lerew doesn't believe in theme nights.

Instead, Lerew, in his 35th season as director of the Hagerstown Municipal Band, selects a variety of musical pieces for each Sunday evening concert.

With 10 to 11 selections each concert, hopefully audiences enjoy most pieces, said Lerew, 67, who lives in Chambersburg, Pa.

The band kicks off its free summer concert series this Sunday at the Peter Buys Band Shell in Hagerstown's City Park.

This Sunday's program includes the overture from the opera "Merry Wives of Windsor"; selections from "Annie Get Your Gun"; and "Fandango," an exciting Latin American number that Lerew said the band and audience enjoy.


This season, Lerew has invited guest conductors to lead the band for one musical selection during each concert.

Many guest conductors are band directors for Washington County Public Schools.

First up, this Sunday, is Scott Benford, band director for Hancock Middle-Senior High School. His musical choice for the program is composer David Holsinger's "Havendance."

The piece makes excellent use of modern woodwinds, brass and percussion, and is complex, Lerew said, with mixed rhythms. For instance, the beat changes from 4/4 to 2/4 to 5/4.

Most of the high school band directors are members of the Municipal Band, including Benford, who is first chair for saxophonists.

Many of the Municipal Band members are local residents, and Lerew said he encourages high school band directors to steer their better students to the band.

"The future of this band is the youth of the community," Lerew said.

If you go ...

WHAT: Hagerstown Municipal Band's 95th concert season

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sundays, June 7 to Aug. 16

WHERE: Peter Buys Band Shell, City Park, Hagerstown

COST: Free.

CONTACT: Go online to or call Chris Stockslager at 301-582-0120 or Lynn Lerew at 717-263-4595.

MORE: The June 14 concert will be preceded by a 7 p.m. Flag Day ceremony presented by the Hagerstown Elks Lodge.

Guest Conductor schedule

June 7: Scott Benford, Hancock Middle-Senior High School band director

June 14: Micah Socks, Boonsboro High School band director

June 21: Gary Rupert, Smithsburg High School band director

June 28: Joel Guyton, Clear Spring High School band director

July 5: Jeremy Karacz, North Hagerstown High School band director

July 12: Heath Wilcox, South Hagerstown High School band director

July 19: Loras Schissel, Virginia Grand Military Band conductor

July 26: Michael Mogensen, composer and band member

Aug. 2: No guest conductor

Aug. 9: Robert Stike, Williamsport High School band director

Aug. 16: Robert Hovermale, supervisor of visual and performing arts for Washington County Public Schools

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