At Riverside Park February 17, 2:00 p.m. Guest Conductor Rick DeJonge with Roger Ingram on Trumpet and Mark Sanders, Guest Soloist

The next concert by the Bonita Springs Concert Band will be Sunday, February 17, at 2:00 p.m. in Riverside Park. Popular guest conductor Rick DeJonge will lead the band in a tribute to Harry James, and then a tribute to the City of Chicago. Rick has been writing music for orchestras and wind ensembles for over 20 years travelling the world conducting his premieres. Rick has worked with over 500 artists including Willie Nelson and Liza Minnelli.   Roger Ingram will perform on trumpet in each piece.  Roger has played trumpet for the orchestras of Maynard Ferguson, Woody Herman (when he was 19 years old), Ray Charles and Harry Connick Jr.

February’s guest soloist is Mark Sanders.  Mark was seen as Perchik on the Broadway National Tour of “Fiddler on the Roof” and recently in “My Way: A salute to Frank Sinatra”. He has starred in “Carousel,” “South Pacific,” and “Oklahoma” at Barbara B. Mann.  He will sing  “Sinatra in Concert” and “Bring Him Home.”

The Concert Band will perform the Warner Brothers soundtrack to Wonder Woman.  Other featured songs include  “Blues Brothers Review,” and “Duke Ellington in Concert.”

The more than 80 band members are under the direction of Gary Smith, who retired after 24 years as conductor of the University of Illinois Marching Illini Band.  Gary says, “The talent of these musicians is tremendous, ranging in age from 15 to 90.”

Become a “Friend of the Band” for just $50.  Find out more information by clicking the “Friends of the Band” tab.

Tickets  for our March 31 indoor concert at Estero High School will also be available for a donation of $10 per ticket.

Bring your lawn chairs and a friend Sunday, February 17, at 2:00 p.m.

NOTE OUR NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER: 239-841-9672

Dream at Riverside Park with the Bonita Springs Concert Band Guest Soloist Carolann Sanita January 20, 2019

The next concert by the Bonita Springs Concert Band will be Sunday, January 20, 2:00 p.m., at Riverside Park in downtown Old Bonita.  Guest soloist will be Carolann Sanita singing “I Dreamed a Dream.”  Carolann has toured as Marian in the first national tour of the Music Man and internationally as Maria in the European and Asian tours of West Side Story.  She will also sing “Someone to Watch Over Me.” She has performed with the Bonita Springs Concert Band in the past and has been a big hit.  You won’t want to miss her talent.

The band will also perform music from Pop and Rock Legends: Chicago.  There will be music from Oliver, Star Trek and selections from the genius of Ray Charles.

The more than 80 band members are under the direction of Gary Smith, who retired after 24 years as conductor of the University of Illinois Marching Illini Band.  Gary says “the talent of these musicians is tremendous, ranging in age from 15 to 90.”

The Bonita Lions Club will again be collecting used eye glasses and hearing aids to be repurposed in the community.

Become a “Friend of the Band” for just $50.    Tickets for $10 for our March 31 indoor concert at Estero High School will also be available.

Bring your lawn chairs and a friend Sunday, January 20, at 2:00 p.m.

December 9, 2018, Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 9, the Bonita Springs Concert Band presents its annual Christmas concert at 2:00 p.m. at Riverside Park in downtown Old Bonita.  The band will play such favorites as “White Christmas,” “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”  The concert is sponsored by the Café of Life, a local charity that has served over 17,000 meals to the needy of Bonita Springs.

The band’s guest soloist is Amy Bright.  Although trained as a classical vocalist from the age of 15, Amy has discovered joy in sharing all types of music over the years including pop/top 40/dance, jazz standards, Broadway and rock.  Before making the move to Naples, Amy performed in Nashville as one of the original vocalists in Radio Daze, a 23 piece big band specializing in the classic 1940s Swing Era sound, and sang with a seven piece top-40 dance band. Since moving to Florida, Amy has appeared as a guest vocalist with the Sarasota Jazz Band, the Sarasota Concert Band and the Naples Concert Band.

“A Most Wonderful Christmas” will feature  “Winter Wonderland,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”

The Bonita Springs Concert Band will end the concert with “Hanukkah Joy-A Jewish Celebration.”

The band for the 5th season is led by conductor Gary Smith, retired conductor of the Fighting Illini band at the University of Illinois.

The concert is free.  Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy refreshments available for sale from Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream.

Tickets for the March 31 concert at Estero High School will be available for a $10.00 per ticket donation.

Bring your used eye glasses and hearing aids to donate to the Bonita Springs Lions Club

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November 4, 2018

November 4 kicks off the 2018-19 season of the Bonita Springs Concert Band at Riverside Park at 2:00 p.m. The program is entitled “An American Jubilee” as the band’s salute to our veterans.  Some of the songs include: Armed Forces Salute, The Battle Cry for Freedom, Elegy for the U.S.S Arizona. and Fantasy on “Yankee Doodle.”

A featured highlight of the concert will be the narration of The Greatest Generation by Michael Davis.  This was written for the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor and the gathering of heroes from around the world in December, 2016. This is the perfect selection to honor those that have served in the armed forces past and present.

Davis will also sing Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the U.S.A., and he will serve as  guest conductor for selections from Disney’s movie “Aladdin.” You won’t want to miss Michael Davis on drums in Concerto for Drum Set and Band.

For the 5th season in a row the 80+ member band will be under the direction of Gary Smith, retired conductor of the University of Illinois Marching Illini Band.  According to Smith, “the band gets better every year.”  There’s a waiting list to get into the band because the stage is at maximum capacity.

The concert is free and open to the public.  Bring your lawn chairs and help salute our veterans.

2018-2019  CONCERT SCHEDULE

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2018, RIVERSIDE PARK 2:00 PM

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2018, RIVERSIDE PARK 2:00 PM

SUNDAY, JANUARY 20, 2019, RIVERSIDE PARK 2:00 PM

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019, RIVERSIDE PARK 2:00 PM

SUNDAY, MARCH  31, 2019, ESTERO HIGH SCHOOL 2:00 PM
$10.00 per ticket donation

SUNDAY, APRIL  14, 2019, RIVERSIDE PARK 2:00 PM

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