Current Event and Performance Schedule:
We're Back Together and Having Fun!
Well, our first concert of 2023 is now in the rear view mirror. It was great to be "back in the saddle" again, playing wonderful music for an appreciative audience. The concert was dedicated to two of our long-time members who passed away earlier this year: Sandy Azaroff (clarinet) and David Johnston (percussion specialist). Each made contributions to our group that go far beyond playing notes on a page. They will be greatly missed.
For those keeping score at home, yes, the bad was larger than for previous concerts. That is the result of a combination of factors. We have always been fortunate to attract new participants from the surrounding area. Those who paused musical pursuits due to jobs, family, or other schedule obstacles make up the majority of this category. Additionally, in recent years the number of new participants from local schools has increased greatly. Many of our newer members are from area high schools, encouraged by their band directors to explore additional performance opportunities. We welcome all who want to play great music!
Looking forward, our next performance is scheduled for Sunday, May 7, 3pm, at the River Valley High School Auditorium. As noted before, it is a great venue for our performances. The seats are large and comfy, the aisles aren't as steep as most venues, and the acoustics allow the audience to feel like they are part of the performance. Put it in your calendar now so you won't forget.
Along the way you will most likely see some of our members performing elsewhere, including at Marion's beautiful Palace Theatre. For those new to the area, March is known locally as "High School Musical Month". Of course it lasts longer than one month, but who's counting? Area high school students have an opportunity to display their talents to the community. And make no mistake, our community has a wealth of talent! As noted above, some of our members will be seen on stage. Others will be in the orchestra pit, providing musical support to those on stage. If you've never experienced one of these productions, check it out! We're sure you will be glad you did.
One last topic to present is the Summer Concert Series. Held in Marion's McKinley Park, Sunday evenings showcase a variety of performers and music styles. Those involved with any kind of scheduling know the real work starts well before the schedule is printed. We are pleased to announce that process has concluded for this year. Below is the final schedule, with all performances starting at 7pm.
June 11 Geeze Cats
June 18 Marion Concert Band
June 25 Northside Dixieland Band
July 2 Marionaires & Quintessence String Quartet
July 9 Marion Concert Band
July 16 Spittin' Image
July 23 Trombones Plus
July 30 United in Harmony
August 6 The Palace Theatre Big Band
August 13 Marion Concert Band
For those interested in becoming sponsors, the Marion Concert Band is a registered 501 (C) (#) charity (#34-1492139), making contributions tax deductable. To be included in the Sponsors listed on the printed flyer that will be posted around Marion in restaurants, churches, and other public locations, the donation commitment needs to be confirmed by April 30th. Donation commitments received after that date will still be listed on the individual printed programs, by announcement during the performances, and by mention on our web site.
Donors are requested to provide contact information as well as level of commitment. Checks should be made out to the Marion Concert Band, and sent to our Director, Bill Swihart at 632 Bordeaux Avenue, Marion, OH 43302, or our Treasurer, Beth Cumbie, at 960 Villandry Drive, Marion, OH 43302. Questions can be directed to Bill Swihart at 740-360-2213.
That seem to bring us up to date for now. As more information becomes available, we will share.
Stay warm, and we'll see you at the show!