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Westfield Community Concert Band Kicks off Free Summer Series this Thursday

The Westfield Community Concert Band will offer five free concerts in Mindowaskin Park this summer. Credits: Westfield Community Concert Band

WESTFIELD, NJ — The Westfield Community Concert Band continues its 105th season with its annual Summer Concert Series in Mindowaskin Park, beginning the evening of Thursday, June 22.

The band has five free evening summer concerts dates this year: June 22, June 29, July 6, 13 and 20. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

“The summer concerts provide area residents with an opportunity to enjoy a cultural tradition that began in 1918, when Mindowaskin Park first opened," said director Dr. Thomas Connors.

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Connors noted that the concerts give people an opportunity to hear live music.

 “There are far less opportunities to experience live instrumental music than in the past,” he said.

The band’s summer concerts will include popular Broadway selections, marches, classical works and many patriotic compositions.

A special Independence Day concert July 6 will feature appearances by the Westfield Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Westfield “Town Crier.” This concert will be followed on July 13 with the band’s premier performance of Concerto for Clarinet by swing band leader Artie Shaw. This selection will feature clarinet soloist Joseph Traina, a first chair clarinetist with the band.

The band’s Summer Concert Series is sponsored in part by the Westfield Recreation Department, Bruce Kaufman, director.  Chairs and blankets are recommended.  In the event of rain, the concerts will take place in the Westfield Community Room, located in the Westfield Municipal Building, 425 East Broad St.

Interested in joining the Westfield Community Concert Band? Contact band president Barry Rosenberg at 908-337-9073 or info@westfieldcommunityband.com.  The band’s membership includes musicians from age 16 to age 86, including many active and retired music educators. The band rehearses each Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. 

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