BLOOMFIELD, NJ – The Bloomfield Civic Band’s 73rd season of free Summer Concerts continued Monday evening, July 15, with its third seasonal installment before an enthusiastic crowd on the historic Bloomfield Town Green on Broad Street across from the Public Library.
Residents of all ages spread out on lawn chairs and blankets to take in the ‘Best of the Season II’ led by music director and conductor Frank Ortega.
After a performance of The Star-Spangled Banner, songs included The Major Dad, October, Tales For A Darkened Theatre, Suite of Old American Dances, Come Fly With Me, Street Tango, Here’s That Rainy Day, The Girl From Ipanema, Jitterbug, and Stars And Stripes Forever.
The concert series began Monday, July 1 with ‘An American Celebration’ and continued Monday, July 8 with ‘Best of the Season I.’
The concert series wraps up Monday, July 22 at 7 pm with ‘Back to Broadway.’ In case of inclement weather, the concert will be held inside Sacred Heart Church.
Presented by The Department of Bloomfield Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs, the series is sponsored by TheGroveAtOne92.com and Investors Bank.
“We have really lucked out weather-wise as we’ve had absolutely gorgeous nights here on The Green,” said Parks Director Michael Sceurman. “All the members of the Bloomfield Civic Band are not paid musicians – they do it for the love of the music, for the comradery, and they do a fantastic job as they present these shows for the greater Bloomfield community.”
The Bloomfield Civic Band was born on March 1, 1946, when more than 20 people brought music stands to the high school cafeteria. Sponsored by the Bloomfield Federation of Music, it joined its sister organizations the Symphony Orchestra, the Chorus, the Mandolin Orchestra, and the Men’s Glee Club.
The latest chapter in the story of the Bloomfield Civic Band began in the Fall of 2013, when Ortega took the podium to lead the band into the future. Ortega has been a freelance tubist in the New York Metropolitan area for the last 20 years.
“We had a meeting last Thursday night with the Bloomfield Federation of Music and Frank Ortega was unanimously nominated to be the President of the Bloomfield Federation of Music, and he’ll be taking over for Pat Burns, who did a phenomenal job,” Sceurman added. “Frank is extremely capable and anxious to get started.”
The Bloomfield Federation of Music will soon announce an upcoming concert schedule featuring all five ensembles in addition to the Civic Band.