The Westfield Community Concert Band, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Connors, continues its 107th Summer Concert Series with a program celebrating the best of American music from Broadway, film and popular culture on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. in Mindowaskin Park.

“Concertgoers will hear program selections which come from many great American composers,” noted Dr. Connors. He added, “Our band literature offers musicians and audiences the opportunity to experience great American music spanning many decades and styles.”

 Highlighting the band’s music program will be the band’s premier performance of “We’ll Be Back” from the 1985 motion picture “Silverado” by Bruce Broughton, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award. The band’s trombone section will be featured in “Miss Trombone” by renowned bandleader, composer and trombonist, Henry Fillmore. 

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The band’s tuba section will be featured in “Tuba Tiger Rag,” a classic ragtime selection by Harry DeCosta.  The band’s program will also include music from “The Wizard of Oz” by Harold Arlen, and music from Broadway’s “South Pacific” by Richard Rodgers. From their classics library, the band will present “Three Ayres from Gloucester” by Hugh M. Stuart and Richard Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral."

The band will continue its Summer Concert Series with its annual Independence Day concert on Thursday, July 4, which will feature music from the American Patriotic Songbook and vocalist, Kerry Stubbs. This special program will include appearances by the Westfield Chapters of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution and Westfield’s own Town Crier.

The band rehearses each Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Community Room in the Westfield Municipal Building, 425 East Broad Street. The band’s membership is comprised of musicians from age 16 to age 86, including many active and retired music educators.  Under the direction of Dr. Thomas Connors, director of Instrumental Music Studies and an assistant professor of music education at Kean University, the band performs a wide variety of concert band literature, including many contemporary compositions.

Experienced area musicians who are interested in a position with the band should contact band president Barry Rosenberg at 908-337-9073 or info@westfieldcommunityband.com.  

The band’s Summer Concert Series is sponsored by the Westfield Recreation Department, Don Bogardus, Director. Chairs and blankets are recommended. In the event of rain, the concert will take place in the Westfield Community Room, located in the Westfield Municipal Building.