Band plans finale concert


SIDNEY — The Sidney Civic Band will perform its last summer concert of 2015, Friday, July 17 at 7 p.m. on the courtsquare.

“The last concert is upon us,” said Sidney Civic Band Director Phil Chilcote. “This season has been one of the weirdest in recent memory. Four times in a row the band played indoors. I don’t think that has ever happened! But the great thing about that predicament is we have two great venues for indoor concerts — the Connection Point Church of God and the Christian Academy. It was so gratifying that our fans came indoors anyway to hear us play!”

Chilcote said the Finale concert will be on the light side with many marches and shorter songs. A sampling of the pieces includes “Hail to the Fleet March,” “Men of Ohio,” “El Capitan March,” “Swing’s the Thing Medley” and “The Light Cavalry Overture.” The Skip and Tracy Wolford Scholarship of $500 will be given to the most outstanding senior high school student from this year’s band. There will also be a remembrance of two band members who passed away since last year: Bill Gunder, clarinetist from Greenville, and Dan Arrasmith, saxophonist from Springfield.

Refreshments will be provided by the Relay for Life team from the Connection Point Church of God starting at 6:30 p.m. In the event of rain, the band will perform their concert in the Connection Point Church of God, 1510 Campbell Road. A Spot pie and Bob Evan’s baked treats will be given away at the concert to lucky fans. Attendees should take lawn chairs.

The Civic Band will perform at the Shelby County Historical Society’s Field of Valor, Sept. 3, in Custenborder Park, at 6:30 p.m.

This article was submitted by the Sidney Civic Band.