IMLAY CITY — Members of the Belle Valley Community Band return to the concert stage at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7, for its 2019 "Spring Concert" at the Imlay City High School.
In their role as the Tri-City Area's traditional harbingers of spring, admission to the band's Spring Concert is free to the public.
Goodwill donations will be accepted at the door to help pay for new music, instrument repairs, promotions and other band-related costs.
Sunday's program will be co-conducted by Steve Burns and Dave Coon and feature a variety of instrumental music suited for springtime, and any time.
Featured selections include "Liberty Fanfare" by John Williams; "National Emblem" by E.E. Bagley; "St. Louis Blues" by W.C. Handy; "Fandango" by Frank Perkins; "Die Meistersinger" by Richard Wagner; "The Beachcomber" by Clive Richardson; and "English Folk Song Suite" by Ralph Vaughan Williams.
The program will conclude with the band's rendering of Alfred Reed's "A Jubilant Overture."
Following the concert, band members will host an "afterglow reception" for concert-goers in the school's cafeteria.
The Belle Valley Community Band is concluding its 30th season as the local harbingers of classical and popular instrumental
Founded in 1989, more than 250 outstanding musicians have been listed on the band's roster over the years; including many local high school band directors and conductors.
The band's current roster features 52 musicians of varied ages and playing experience. The band is always seeking new members, who are often required to audition.
Those unable to attend the April 7 concert, but who would like to support the band, may make checks payable to Belle Valley Community Band, 1849 Stoldt Ave., Imlay City, MI 48444.
For questions or further information about the band, or to set up an audition, contact Belle Valley Band President, Art Smith, at 810-499-6503.
Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.