OLEAN, NY – The skies were threatening, but the rain held off on Saturday as the Twin Tiers Community Band kicked off Olean’s 2019 Lincoln Park Concert Series.

Led by director Diane Smith, the band treated the Memorial Day weekend crowd to close to two hours of patriotic songs, as well as several familiar pop tunes.

At the start of the 2 p.m. concert, Smith acknowledged weather predictions for a thunderstorm and said the band would make just a bit of an early exit instead of moving to the rain site, the John Ash Community Center, if the rains hit around 3:45. Rain did come lightly and briefly after the intermission, and the band and concert attendees stayed in place.

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The program would be "primarily patriotic," Smith told the crowd, with pieces by American composers, including songs popularized by Ol' Blue Eyes Frank Sinatra.

The band opened with John Philip Sousa's "The Washington Post March" and played many Sousa marches during the concert. The band also played Hoagy Carmichael's "Stardust"; Leroy Anderson's "Syncopated Clock," and "Singin' in the Rain," which, Smith told the crowd, had been around for a few decades before the movie by the same name. 

Smith invited attendees to sing along to "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," a gospel song with lyrics written by the Rev. Thomas Dorsey. When the band played the songs associated with branches of the U.S. military branches, Smith asked that attendees stand to signify family members who served in those branches.

The series will continue Thursday with a performance by the LTM Trio from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 

All other concerts in the series will be on Thursdays, and all but one will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The July 4 concert will be from 5 to 7 p.m. and feature Generations.

After Thursday’s LTM concert, the schedule will include:

  • June 6: Dave Dorson
  • June 13: Roger Pettengill
  • June 20: Fair to Fiddlin
  • June 27: Ray Paladino
  • July 4: Generations 
  • July 11: Toucan Jam
  • July 18: Larry Lewicki
  • July 25: Kokomo Time Band
  • Aug. 1: Not Norman
  • Aug. 8: Chord of Three Strands
  • Aug. 15: Coyote Moon
  • Aug. 22: Allegany Alumni & Friends
  • Aug. 29: Cruisin
  • Sept. 5: Red Gray 

The rain site for the concerts is the John Ash Community Center, 112 N. Barry St.

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