Please join us for our 69th season of Sunday Evening Summer Band Concerts! These free concerts will transport you back in time as well as play some of your favorite recent hits! Due to the Diamond Park Renaissance Project, this year’s outdoor concerts will be held on the first block of East Main Street. In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held in the Town Hall Auditorium.
All concerts are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
Special thanks and appreciation to Boy Scout Troops #372 and #375 for their assistance!
See the full line up of concerts below:
May 27- Murphy’s Music Center Tribute Band feat. “Almost Sinatra”: When the 20-piece Murphy’s Music Center Tribute Band takes the stage, audiences will hear the big band tunes their parents or grandparents danced to in the 1940s. Toes will tap as imaginations transport fans to the Argonne Ballroom in Chicago, swinging and swaying to “Satin Doll” or “Moonlight Serenade.” While Murphy’s Music Center Tribute Band has roots in the past, the band has plans for the future. Bob Wills, the band’s director, played with the original Johnny Murphy Orchestra. The “Tribute” part of the name is to pay homage to Johnny Murphy’s Orchestra, big band music, and to preserve their music. Wills wants to train young musicians to read and play the old-style big band music for which the Murphy’s were known.
June 3- Swing City: Seven guys who just love to perform music of the old dance bands of the ‘40s. Great music for dancing. Band is under the direction of Daniel Perich.
June 10- Jeannette Community Band: Founded in 1988, this 30th anniversary year will be under the direction of Mr. Ron Stemple and Mrs. Erica Carlton. The concert band has 60 volunteer musicians who enjoy entertaining the community with great musical selections. The band performs a wide variety of music such as traditional marches, popular to light classical, polkas, Broadway, show music and much more.
June 17- Blairsville Community Band: Under the direction of Mr. Dave Brozeski, this band’s repertoire consists of selections for a wide variety of categories including marches, show tunes, and selections from popular & classic band literature.
June 24- Allegheny Brass Band: The Allegheny Brass Band is Western Pennsylvania’s only authentic, British-style brass band! They have been in existence since 1982. Their unique instrumentation classifies them as a British-style band. They play cornets instead of trumpets and English tenor horns instead of French horns. Over the years, they have evolved from the traditional four or five annual concerts at a rented hall to 20 to 25 concerts per year throughout Western PA. Their members come from the finest brass musicians in the tri-state area. They are a mix of professional musicians, music educators and accomplished amateurs and range in age from high school to 90! Performing music is truly a life-long vocation. All of the musicians volunteer their time and talent.
July 1- Scottdale Area Concert Band: The Scottdale Concert Band recently suffered a tragic loss as director Warren Shirer and his mother Maureen Shirer lost their home to a devastating fire. Through a group effort the band was able to rescue all the music.
We come tonight re-formed under the able conducting of our new director Dr. Roderick Booker. Dr. Booker is well known in the area’s music world. We hope you enjoy our selections of Toe-Tapping Marches, Show Tunes, Big Band and Patriotic music. The band is 36 years old now and Ligonier was the first “Big” town to invite us to play. We continue to thank Ligonier for all their support through these many years!
July 8- Kiski Valley Community Band: Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the band under the direction of Patti Marco enjoys playing a varied and interesting repertoire each season, fun for the musicians and audience alike. The music runs the gamut from serious selections in the concert band literature to marches, show tunes, patriotic music and other genres. The band was established as an outlet for local musicians to play, perform and share their love of music. Practicing year round, the 45-member group helps cultivate young musicians, those “relearning” their instruments and keeps accomplished musicians entertained and challenged in a music-centered atmosphere. KVCB performs throughout the year at venues such as community events and festivals, a Veterans’ Day concert in November, and benefit concerts in December for various charitable organizations.
July 15- Delmont Concert Band: An all-volunteer organization of approximately 30 musicians from Delmont and the surrounding area. The Band prides itself on “playing music that people like to hear” and performs concerts for numerous community events, nursing homes, and churches throughout the year. Its members are of many ages and professions, but all share a love of making music together, and are proud to represent their community. The Band is under the direction of Mr. Bill Balawajder.
July 22- Penn Trafford Community Band: Under the direction of Doug Skoretz and band manager Ron Rometo, the 60-member band has entertained audiences throughout Westmoreland and Allegheny counties with its wide variety of music, including patriotic, inspirational songs, stirring marches, popular themes from TV and movies, jazz, show tunes and familiar music from the big band era.
July 29- Community Band South: CBS is under the leadership of James Bennett, Co-Founder and Co-Director, retired former Director of Bands and Chairman of Fine Arts in the Upper St. Clair School District. Max Gonano became Co-Director 2015. He is the retired head of the Music Department and Director of Bands at California University of Pennsylvania. Community Band South, in its 32nd Season, was created to provide the opportunity and place for former high school and college band members who enjoy the experience of continuing to play in an excellent band. The CBS motto is “Music is for a Lifetime!”
August 5- Big Fat Jazz: A 20-member jazz band known for its high-energy sound and repertoire of classic and contemporary jazz, swing, blues and Latin numbers. Their mission is to keep the music of Stan Kenton, Maynard Ferguson, Duke Ellington, Brian Setzer, and many others alive for the pleasure of audiences throughout Western Pennsylvania.
August 12- East Winds Symphonic Band: Proud to have been honored for its high standards of excellence by the John Philip Sousa Foundation with the prestigious Sudler Silver Scroll Award, the East Winds Symphonic Band, under the direction of Susan Sands, is passionate about sharing their music with communities all around the Pittsburgh region and beyond. Comprised of approximately 75 serious amateur musicians from all walks of life, and based in the eastern suburbs of Pittsburgh, EWSB has been playing a wide variety of music since 1982, including traditional wind band repertoire, marches and classical transcriptions, plus favorites from Broadway, and Hollywood.
August 19- The Wally Gingers Orchestra: An original big band from the 1940s, the Wally Gingers Orchestra is a 10-piece band that was popular throughout the northeast from the early 1940s through the 1990s. Wally’s daughter, Clare, rekindled her father’s great arrangements that are reminiscent of the big band sounds of Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, the Dorsey Brothers, Count Basie, Benny Goodman and more. If you love big band music, you’re sure to love the Wally Gingers Orchestra.
August 26- Somerset County Community Band: This 50-member band, ranging in age from high school students to grandparents, is under the direction of Mr. Jason June. They are celebrating their 29th season this year, performing traditional and popular music.