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Come to Riverside Park in Bonita Springs and enjoy a Sunday afternoon with the Bonita Springs Concert Band as they play their last concert of the season on April 13 at 2:00 pm.

You will enjoy an afternoon filled with music that emphasizes the numerous talents of the band members. Our special soloist for this concert is our own virtuoso trumpeter, Lynn Asper, who will amaze you with Hoagie Carmichael’s Stardust. Lynn is an educator, professional trumpet performer, artist/clinician and author.

Our outstanding trombone section will dazzle you with Trombone Rag by John Higgins This is a bright jovial ragtime piece in the style of Henry Fillmore’s trombone smears.

Then it is the flute section’s turn to be featured in a fantasia Flutopia by David Schaffer. The whimsical opening melody combined with the light swing of the middle section gives the flutes and the audience a chance to have some fun.

Always a favorite, Cole Porter’s Begin the Beguine is a dance similar to a slow rumba that was modestly popular in the 1930s. It came from the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Rounding out the afternoon the band will play some jazz, show tunes, marches and other pieces that will make you want to dance
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Bring your chairs, blankets, food and beverages and spend a relaxing afternoon with your own Bonita Spring Concert Band.

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Please join the Bonita Springs Concert Band in Riverside Park on March 16 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM for an afternoon of outstanding music.

The very talented Suzanne Kirton, principal flute with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, is recognized throughout the world for her versatility and creativity. She will play Concertino For Flute. Ms. Kirton, a graduate of  Florida State University and the Boston Conservatory, has a Professional Studies Diploma from Juilliard.

The concert will also feature marches, folk music of the British Island, pasodoble music from Spain, rag time and songs from popular musicals and Broadway shows.

You’ll find the saxophone section’s rendition of Saxsational! truly delightful.

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Read an interview with Sylvia in the online edition of the Southwest Spotlight

http://www.swspotlight.com/news/2014-02-01/Community/Neighbor_Spotlight.html

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Bonita Springs Concert Band

Sunday, February 16, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Soloist: Gabriel Wallace, Baritone Saxophone

 

The Bonita Springs Concert Band invites you to come and enjoy an exhilarating program of marches, folk songs, concertos, waltzes, big band hits, soul music and jazz. The concert, under the direction of Dr. Dennis Hill, is on Sunday, February 16,, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Riverside Park on Old 41 in Bonita Springs.

Dr. Hill has planned this concert to feature some of the many talented members of the band. The entire trombone section will delight you with their versatility when they play Slim Trombone by Henry Fillmore. In addition, three members of the trumpet section will dazzle you with Travelin Trumpets by James Ployhar. And if that isn’t enough, the full clarinet section will set your feet to tapping when they play Henry Mancini’s Pie In The Face Polka.

Gabriel Wallace, a student at Edison State College and a three year member of the band, will perform George Gershwin’s Someone To Watch Over Me.

You won’t want to miss the Big 11 Medley arranged by John Tatgenhorst. So wear your school colors and cheer for your alma mater!

Refreshments are available at the concert from Royal Scoop Ice Cream. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a great afternoon of music.

January 26, 2014, Concert

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In case you missed the concert, it was great and our largest crowd ever. The soloist, Paul Votapek, principal clarinet for the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, was terrific.  Click on the youtube link to hear him play.

Concerto For Clarinet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19RtgnmlDfE&feature=youtu.be

Clarinet Polka

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFwm62RA9rk&feature=youtu.be

1.26.2014 Audience

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Bonita Springs Concert Band

Sunday, January 26, 2014, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Featured Guest Soloist Paul Votapek

Principal Clarinet, Naples Philharmonic

 

The Bonita Springs Concert Band invites you to come and enjoy an exhilarating program of marches, folk songs, concertos, waltzes, big band hits, soul music and jazz. The concert, under the direction of Dr. Dennis Hill, is on Sunday, January 26,, from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Riverside Park on Old 41 in Bonita Springs.

The concert begins with the Commando March, a composition written in 1942 by Pulitzer Prize winner Samuel Barber. This will be followed by American Riversongs such as Shenandoah and The Glendy Burk; songs written during an early period in American history when the rivers and waterways were the lifeline of our nation.

Paul Votapek, principal clarinetist with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, is our soloist for today’s concert. He will be playing Mozart’s Concerto For Clarinet.

Ol’ Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra, rose to fame singing with big bands and recorded hundreds of songs. The band offers-up four of his biggest hits: Come Fly With Me, Witchcraft, That’s Life and Fly Me To The Moon.

An upbeat, lively round dance A Galop To End All Galops completes the first half of the show.

Escapada, a Spanish selection, will have you humming; and the beautiful  Emperor Waltz by Johann Strauss is familiar and heartwarming. Next, trumpeters Antonio Castillo, Lynn Asper and Terry Stevens, members of the band, will present A Saint-sational Trio! which is arranged as a take-off on the traditional Dixieland style of The Saints Go Marching In.

A change in tempo will have you stomping your feet during Salute to American Jazz as you listen to famous songs representing styles from a variety of jazz periods. This will be followed by a medley of familiar Ray Charles songs. The program closes with the band playing a circus marched entitled In Storm And Sunshine.

Refreshments are available at the concert from Royal Scoop Ice Cream. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a great afternoon of music.

Paul Votapek

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There’s an article and great pictures of the Holiday Concert in the December 11, 2013, edition of The Banner on page 4 B. More pictures can be found online at: http://www.naplesnews.com/photos/galleries/2013/dec/08/bonita-springs-concert-bands-holiday-concert/295891/

Our next concert is January 26, 2014. Paul Votapek, principal clarinet with the Naples Philharmonic, will be the special guest soloist. He played with the band a couple of years ago and was fantastic. You won’t want to miss it!

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