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Concerts in the Park offers final performance

August 28, 2014

By Leticia Gutierrez, Appeal-Democrat, Marysville, Calif.

Aug. 28--Big Band music, a salute to comedian Robin Williams and the novelty piece "The Rooster Lays Eggs in Kansas" performed by the Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra are featured in this year's final performance of the Concerts in the Park series at Gauche Aquatic Park in Yuba City.

The wind ensemble, with more than 45 musicians, performs at 7 p.m. Sunday at the park, 421 C St. Admission is free.

With its toe-tapping music and sounds to dance by, "It's a family concert," said orchestra board member Judy Toyoda Coe. "It's going to be a fun event."

Those attending are invited to bring their own blankets or chairs and picnic. The Sutter Performing Arts Association will have hot dogs and hamburgers for sale for a small fee.

Music planned includes "76 Trombones," Glenn Miller's "In the Mood" and, in remembrance of Williams, "Thanks for the Memory," "Send in the Clowns" and "We are Family."

Though this is the wind ensemble's first appearance in the annual Gauche Park concert series, the group has performed outdoors in the past in Penn Valley and Georgetown east of Auburn.

The Yuba City Parks and Recreation Department's end of summer concert also kicks off the Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra's 25th season.

The orchestra's upcoming performances include Music in the Divide Sept. 14 in Georgetown; the annual concert Nov. 22 at the First United Methodist Church in Yuba City; the Roseville Theatre Arts AcademyFeb. 6 in Roseville; and at the Dietrich TheatreMay 9 at Sierra College in Rocklin.

There is an admission fee at the orchestra's future performances.

The orchestra is also working to take part in a 2016 music festival in Cornwall, United Kingdom, Coe said.

The Sierra Nevada Winds Orchestra began 25 years ago with about a dozen musicians, Coe said. "We'd hoped we would be around" for a while, she said, "but we had no idea we would be as successful as we have been."

The volunteer musicians, from throughout the area including Yuba-Sutter, Elk Grove, Nevada City, Orangevale, Fair Oaks and Georgetown, rehearse in Auburn, said Margaret Wegner, the orchestra's public relations person.

They perform on woodwind, brass, percussion and string bass.

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