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The Bonita Springs Concert Band, under the direction of Gary Smith, will present a free concert of Broadway Musicals on Sunday, January 25, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. in Riverside Park on Old 41 in Bonita Springs. Some of the highlights will include:

The Sound of Music In this medley, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett, you will hear the title song, The Sound Of Music, along with How Can Love Survive?, The Lonely Goatherd, A Few Of My Favorite Things, Sixteen Going On Seventeen, So Long, Farewell, Do-Re-Mi, Edelweiss, An Ordinary Couple, No Way To Stop It, Maria, and Climb Every Mountain.

The Symphonic Gershwin Included in this arrangement by Warren Barker are An American In Paris, Cuban Overture and Rhapsody In Blue.

The Music Man Written by Meredith Willson and arranged by Johnnie Vinson are song The Wells Fargo Wagon, Till There Was You and Seventy Six Trombones.

There will also be a delightful piccolo solo featuring Nan Raphael playing The Lark. She is a nationwide piccoloist with Maryland Lyric Opera, International Flute Orchestra, Washington Winds, Columbia Flute Choir and Capital City Symphony.

Don’t miss out on the fun! Remember to bring a chair or a blanket. Refreshments will be available from Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream.

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The Bonita Springs Concert Band, under the direction of Gary Smith, will present a free concert of holiday music on Sunday, December 14, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. in Riverside Park on Old 41 in Bonita Springs.
This outstanding program will get you in the holiday spirit.

There is an arrangement of The Many Sounds of Christmas by James Swearingen which is a wonderful collection of seasonal favorites all wrapped up into one great musical package. A Christmas Festival by Leroy Anderson is an amazing arrangement of various Christmas tunes.Also presented will be Greensleeves, White Christmas, Sleigh Ride and other Christmas melodies to round out the program.

Bring the children! They will love the songs from Disney’s animated feature FROZEN with guest soloist Amy Bright. They’ll probably know all the words. The music in this impressive concert medley features Vuelie, Do You Want To Build A Snowman?, For The First Time In Forever, Let It Go, and Epilogue.

Don’t miss out on the fun! Bring your holiday spirit and a chair or a blanket. Refreshments will be available from Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream.

At our December 14 concert, the Bonita Springs Concert Band will recognize the Bonita Springs Lions Club for their continued generosity and support. To show OUR appreciation and thanks, please bring your unused eyeglasses and hearing aids to donate to their worthy cause.

For more information, visit our website: bonitaspringsconcertband.com

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Santa will be there!

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Here are pictures and captions of the concert from the Naples Daily News.



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The Bonita Springs Concert Band, under the direction of Gary E. Smith, will open the 2014-2015 concert season on Sunday, November 2, at 2:00 P.M. in Riverside Park on Old 41 in Bonita Springs.

This special concert is “A Salute to America” through patriotic music to honor all veterans and active members of our armed forces who are invited to stand and be recognized when the official songs of our five military branches are played. Armed Forces Salute arranged by Bob Lowden includes: The Caisson Song; Semper Paratus; The Marines’ Hymn; The U.S. Air Force and Anchors Aweigh.

The Light Eternal is a stunning work! Inspired by the touching story of four U.S. Army chaplains who heroically sacrificed their lives during World War II, it is based upon the well-known hymn God Of Our Fathers. James Swearingen’s composition is certain to have a startling emotional impact on all who hear it. You will be overwhelmed by this extraordinary piece of music!

This concert lasts two hours and is a special way to support our veterans. Royal Scoop Ice Cream will be there this year to sell refreshments. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy the show.
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Gary E. Smith

From 1976 to 1998 and again in 2004, Gary was the Associate Director of Bands at the University of Illinois, Urbana – Champaign, where he conducted the nationally famous Marching Illini, Basketball Band, Symphonic Band II and taught marching band procedures and band arranging in the School of Music.

Previously he served as Assistant Director of Bands and Marching Band Director at Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, Director of Bands at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and Director of Bands at Northside High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In 1988 Gary was elected to membership in the prestigious American Bandmasters Association.  In addition, he is a member of Phi Beta Mu, Phi Mu Alpha, and Kappa Kappa Psi music honorary fraternities and participates in the College Band Director’s National Association, National Band Association, and the Illinois Music Educators Association.

Recent awards include the University of Illinois Alumni Association “Outstanding Educator”, the Mary Hoffman “Outstanding Music Educator”, the “Spirit of the Illini” from the University of Illinois Athletic Association and the Kappa Kappa Psi Distinguished Service to Music Medal.

Gary has served as a consultant, guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States, Singapore, China, Australia, Japan, Canada, Ireland and France.  In addition, he is the coordinator of the pregame, halftime and parade festivities for the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl  and assisted with the production of the 2005 Orange Bowl Halftime.  In 2007, Gary served as co-director of the Oklahoma Centennial All State Marching Band, which was  featured during the 2007 Rose Bowl Parade opening ceremonies.  Presently he serves as the producer of the annual Thanksgiving Parade of Bands at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL. and head clinician for the 2011 Marching Band Directors and Drum Major Clinic in Singapore

In the summer, Smith owns and operates the Smith Walbridge Clinics for drum majors, flags, rifles, marching percussion, marching band student leaders and directors. Since 1949, these clinics have attracted thousands of high school and college students from across the United States and several foreign countries.

Several of his articles have been published in The Instrumentalist, The School Musician and the Band Director’s Guide.  This guide, “The System,” MARCHING BAND METHODS, is used as a textbook in several University marching band courses and marching band clinics.

Gary received  his B.A. from Butler University and his M.A. from Ball State University.



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