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Whitehouse Wind Symphony Presents Free Outdoor Concert in Somerville

The Whitehouse Wind Symphony performs on Division Street in Somerville during last year's Arts on Division weekend. Credits: Courtesy Whitehouse Wind Symphony

SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Whitehouse Wind Symphony, a community symphonic band directed by Branchburg resident James P. Sheeley, Jr., will  return to Division Street for a free performance on Saturday, Sept. 16th at 3:30 p.m. as part of the Arts on Division Festival taking place that weekend.

The performance will be led by the band’s assistant conductor, Gary A. Myer of Bridgewater, former director of Bands at Bridgewater-Raritan High School.

The concert program includes a medley of selections from musicals by Andrew Lloyd Weber, a medley of songs from popular Disney movies, the “National Emblem March” by Edwin Eugene Bagley, “Friska” from Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt, and “Bugler’s Holiday” by Leroy Anderson.

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This concert is free and open to the general public, although a good-will offering will be taken to benefit the band, a non-profit group comprised entirely of volunteer musicians.  While limited seating is available on Division Street, concertgoers are encouraged to bring chairs.  In the event of inclement weather, the announcement to cancel the concert will be made on the band’s website ( and Facebook page (

The ensemble was founded by conductor emeritus Casey Bork on April 15, 1996.  It is dedicated to presenting the best in all varieties of wind band literature.  Since its founding, the band has grown rapidly, attracting experienced musicians as regular members from all over New Jersey, as well as New York City and eastern Pennsylvania. It is now comprised of approximately 50 amateur and professional musicians who perform together regularly throughout central and northern New Jersey. It was recently voted the winner of the "Hunterdon Happening" list in the category of favorite musician/band for the third consecutive year.  For more information, including information about future performances, please send an email to

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through funds administered by the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission.

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