CHATHAM, NJ - Juniper Village and the Chatham Community Band joined together Tuesday for an evening of jazz standards, show tunes and Sousa Marches to the delight of many.
In an annual mid-Summer Tradition the Community Band had Juniper residents and their families clapping and singing along to George M. Cohan classics “Give My Regards to Broadway” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” as well as medleys from “The Music Man” and “Beauty and the Beast.”
On a typically warm July evening, veteran music director and conductor Brian Conti amusingly noted that, unlike evenings in many previous years, there was no threat of rain calling to move the outdoor concert indoors.
Juniper Village Director of Community Relations Amy Nealy introduced Chatham Township Deputy Mayor Karen Swartz who in welcoming the audience described the Community Band as a “treasure to The Chathams,” which like teams of countless volunteers thoroughly enjoys giving their time back to the community.
Throughout its 30-plus years, the Chatham Community Band and its ensembles have embodied the tradition of the community band in American culture providing benefit to the community through performance, education, entertainment, and social action. They reach a broad range of audiences, some of which cannot afford to pay for live entertainment or who, because of age or disability, cannot attend other conventional performances.
Juniper Village at Chatham, home to approximately 100 Seniors, is located within walking distance to shopping and restaurants in the heart of Chatham Township and is a 2017 Best of Senior Living Award Winner by SeniorAdvisor.com, for quality care and distinctive programs designed to nurture active bodies and engaged minds.
Their upcoming Chatham Community Band free concerts include 7 p.m. Thursday, July13 at Taylor Park in Millburn and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 18 at the Clipper Pavilion in South Mountain Recreation Area.