Launches New Season Nov. 13

The Lee County Community Band will kick off its 131st season on November 13 with a concert paying tribute to veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and showcasing the works of American composers. The program will be at Cape Coral High School beginning at 3 p.m.

Director Richard Bradstreet has selected a program featuring American Folk Rhapsody by Clare Grundman; Vaudeville Spectacular, arranged by Paul Nagle, America the Beautiful by Augustus Ward; and Appalachian Suite by Aaron Copeland; as well as favorite marches by Karl King and John Philip Sousa. In keeping with custom for the first concert of the season, the band will perform the Armed Forces Salute, during which veterans from each branch of the military are recognized.

The band will perform six concerts between November and April. The programs are free of charge (donations accepted), and open to the public; all will take place in the Cape Coral High School auditorium, 2300 Santa Barbara Boulevard, beginning at 3 p.m. Additional concert dates are Dec. 11, Jan. 22, Feb. 12, March 5, and April 2.

Band members are musicians from all walks of life – career musicians, amateurs, and folks renewing skills from years past – who reside in Lee, Collier, and Charlotte Counties. The band welcomes new members every year. For more information about the concerts or about joining the band, please phone Norman Jones at 239-995-2097.

An institution in Southwest Florida, the band enjoys a large, loyal, and enthusiastic audience at every concert.