The Leominster Colonial Band

2024 Summer Concerts

From old to new, our concert lineup for 2024 has something for every musical taste! For five consecutive Tuesday evenings beginning July 9th, our 30-piece professional ensemble will bring you an exciting variety of music which you won't want to miss.

On July 9th we'll mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of British composer Gustav Holst with his First Suite for Military Band. We'll also mark the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Gershwin's blockbuster musical "Lady Be Good" with our arrangement of Gershwin on Broadway. Among the other works you'll hear at this concert will be Edgar Winter's Free Ride, Brahms' Hungarian Dance #5, and themes from Mozart's Symphony #40.

Our concert on July 16th will feature mostly American music, while we continue to note Holst's centennial with his Second Suite for Military Band. You'll hear Ashokan Farewell, popularized by Ken Burns' series "The Civil War," Clare Grundman's stunning work American Folk Rhapsody #1, a medley from Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical South Pacific, as well as music by Sousa, Scott Joplin and Leroy Anderson.

This year marks the centennial of film composer Henry Mancini's birth, and we'll dedicate our July 23rd concert solely to his music. We'll dip into our rich music library to perform medleys from his scores for T.V., including The Thorn Birds , Peter Gunn and Mr. Lucky, and his film scores The Days of Wine and Roses, The Pink Panther, and The Great Race. We'll also throw in Moon River from Breakfast at Tiffany's, and Maestro Piermarini will perform the trombone solo on Too Little Time from The Glenn Miller Story.

A mix of old and new music makes up our July 30 concert, with selections ranging from von Suppe's Light Cavalry Overture and Franz Lehar's Merry Widow Waltz, to Highlights from Willy Wonka and Mozart's Overture to the Marriage of Figaro. Errol Garner's wonderful ballad Misty and the great American folk song Shenandoah will also be heard in this program, as well as Themes Like Old Times #3, a delightful combination of old-time favorites.

Our August 6th concert concludes our season, and we'll bring you a brand-new march by David Shaffer, King Cobra. We'll recognize the 100th anniversary of the premiere of Gershwin's iconic composition Rhapsody in Blue, and mark the 200th anniversary of the premiere of Beethoven's legendary Symphony #9 with Ode to Joy. Other items to be included are Sibelius' Finlandia, Leroy Anderson's delightful The Syncopated Clock, and I'm Shipping Up to Boston by the Dropkick Murphys. And if you haven't heard us play Instant Concert yet, don't miss this concert!

Concerts are on Tuesday evenings at the Bisceglia Bandstand in Leominster's historic Carter Park, beginning at 7:30 P.M., with plenty of free parking available. Admission is free, thanks to our sponsors, the Music Performance Trust Fund, the Leominster Cultural Council, and the City of Leominster. Click here for information about the park and mapping. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or a blanket as sea ng is limited. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be held indoors at Leominster City Hall Auditorium, 25 West St. Weather relocations will be posted on www.colonialband.org.

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