July 02--The Cheyenne Civic Concert Band will open its summer season Thursday in Lions Park with an offering of patriotic songs.
The show, titled "Fabric of America," is the first of four free performances the group will host this summer. Other programs include classic folk songs and a tribute to Duke Ellington. Each show runs for about an hour and is free.
"The group is entirely volunteer-based and we have many multigenerational family members that play together, which makes it quite fun," said spokesman Sean Ambrose through an email.
Ambrose said the group has been active in the community in one shape or another for more than 50 years. It has no formal organization and relies on the city and school district for rehearsal and performance spaces.
"We have been active for about as long as the (Cheyenne) Symphony and the (Cheyenne) Little Theater, but without their formal organization and revenue," Ambrose said. "Just a group of folks that love to make music and to provide that in a casual concert setting to the community."
The group started this particular concert series seven years ago with the goal of making a family-friendly event.
If you go
What: Cheyenne Civic Concert Band will perform
Where: Amphitheater at Lions Park, 4603 Lion Park Drive
When: Thursday, 7 p.m., "Fabric of America" -- Patriotic songs, including "Armed Forces Salute," "America the Beautiful" and "You're a Grand Old Flag."
July 17, 7 p.m., "Christmas in July" -- Features selections from "The Nutcracker" and "Christmas Festival."
Aug. 7, 7 p.m., "Classic Band Literature" -- Classic arrangements of folk songs from the British Isles, Australia, the Far East and America will be featured in arrangements by Gustav Holst, Percy Grainger, John Barnes Chance and Frank Erickson. This performance is dedicated to the memory of Dr. James F. Clark, a longtime band member and trombonist.
Aug. 21, 7 p.m. "It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing" -- The music of Duke Ellington and other great America composers. Selections include "Unforgettable," "Lassus Trombone" and "Ain't Misbehavin'," among others.
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