Civic band to open season Friday

Staff report

SIDNEY — The Sidney Civic Band will open its 2017 season, Friday, June 16, with a free concert at 7 p.m. on the courtsquare in downtown Sidney.

“Our first concert, ‘Light Favorites and Well-Knowns,’ will feature audience favorites through the years. These selections hit all the notes: marches, ballads, movie themes, swing, dance and pop,” said conductor Phil Chilcote.

The concert will include “March Grandioso,” “Syncopated Clock,” “Them Basses,” “All Shook Up,” “The Great Escape,” “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite,” “Blue Tango,” “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” “It’s the Gospel,” “Colonel Bogey,” “Highlights from ‘The Music Man,’” “God Bless America” and the United States’ official march, “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The band will welcome local high school students in the apprentice program, giving them an opportunity to play with experienced players and learn new techniques. They are Lauren Birkmeyer, flute, of Fort Loramie; Joe Ritze, clarinet, Lehman; Avery Voress (returning), tuba, of Sidney; and Kambria Hamilton (returning), horn, Fairlawn.

Refreshments will be available for purchase from Connection Point Church of God Relay for Life team, beginning 30 minutes prior to the concert. A Spot pie will be given away to the winner of the Spot Pie Question random drawing. The audience may also vote for their favorite Sidney Civic Band pieces to be included in the Finale Concert.

Attendees should take lawn chairs. In case of rain, the concert will be in the Connection Point Church of God, 1510 Campbell Road.

Staff report