The concert will include a variety of music in addition to many Christmas favorites. An American Christmas is a very creative piece by Robert W. Smith which includes a medley titled “Jingle Bells Forever,” which combines “Jingle Bells” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Other noteworthy pieces are Leroy Anderson’s perennial holiday favorite Sleigh Ride, The Invincible Eagle by John Philip Sousa, the Elvis Presley holiday classic Blue Christmas and John Higgin’s sparkling montage, The Bells of Christmas. The children are sure to enjoy Santa’s Journey so please bring them along!
Our featured vocalist Amy Bright will present The Christmas Song and A Christmas Festival.
Bring your holiday spirit and a chair or a blanket. Refreshments will be available from Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream.
The band will also be collecting Toys for Tots sponsored by the U.S Marine Corps Reserves. Please bring new, unwrapped toys that will be given to children in Bonita Springs.
The Bonita Springs Concert Band, under the direction of Gary E. Smith, will open their 2016-2017 concert season on Sunday, November 6, at 2:00 P.M. in Riverside Park on Old 41 in Bonita Springs.
This special concert is dedicated to patriots who are proud to be an American. Our special vocal soloist will be Craig Greusel.
The program will consist of exciting and stirring patriotic music including Fanfare And Hymn Of Brotherhood, American Flourish, Portrait Of Freedom, Broad Stripes And Bright Stars and many more.
As always to thank those who have served, the band will present the Armed Forces Salute. Please stand to be recognized and thanked when your service song is being played.
This free concert lasts two hours and Royal Scoop Ice Cream will be there to sell refreshments. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy the show
Here’s a great article about the band from The Banner Proud to be an American.
We are thrilled to announce that the fundraising partnership with WGCU has resulted in the Bonita Springs Concert Band being able to air 60 spots for this season. Thank you all who contributed.
When organizations work together through teamwork and collaboration, exceptional things happen. This is one of the reasons we and 60 of our other nonprofit friends in the region have partnered with WGCU Public Media for their “WGCU Community Campaign” radio pledge drive.
If you’re unfamiliar, a couple times a year WGCU turns to the community to raise the necessary funds to keep public radio programming on the air. These “pledge drives” are critical to WGCU’s operations and thousands of people from our region donate money.
Here’s the fun part! On September 12 from 9:00 am until 10:00 am, we will be live on air on WGCU FM, raising funds for Southwest Florida’s award-winning public radio station. In return, WGCU has offered to help us augment our marketing budget by awarding us with free radio promos that we can use to promote our events and our mission throughout the next year.
You can help us receive these free radio spots! Just call in anytime during the pledge campaign (September 10-16) and make a pledge of any dollar amount to help the Bonita Springs Concert Band receive radio spots! Once we earn $1000 directly attributed to our organization we’ll earn a total of 28 spots to run on WGCU FM. The more money we raise, the most spots we receive. Your gift will support our local treasure, WGCU Public Radio, and at the same time provide us with valuable marketing opportunities that we might otherwise not be able to afford.
WGCU-FM can be found at 90.1 on the FM Dial (91.7 FM on Marco Island), is streamed live on WGCU.org, or can be accessed through the WGCU mobile app. You can make your pledge of support by calling 1-800-533-9428. You can actually make your contribution on line at their website WGCU.org any time between now and September 16. Just make sure that you select Bonita Springs Concert Band as the nonprofit you’d like to support with free radio promos!
We’re very proud to be representing the Bonita Springs Concert Band as part of the “WGCU Community Campaign” radio pledge drive. Tune in and make a pledge. We’d love to thank you live on the air.
All my best,