Concert Cancellations

Please read carefully: Due to the current situation with the Coronavirus/COVID-19, the Bonita Springs Concert Band Board of Directors has decided to be proactive and cancel the March 22 AND April 5 concert. The health and safety of our band members and audience members has been paramount in this difficult decision and we are erring on the side of caution. We know that some of you have made your donations for tickets for the April concert. There are a few options: 1) we will refund the money spent on the tickets (please email bonitaspringsconcertband@outlook.com to start this process), Option 2) The donation you kindly gave us, we will keep and you can use your ticket at next year’s indoor concert. We do apologize and pray for the well being of all families. Thank you for your support. Feel free to email us regarding any questions you have.

Bonita Springs Concert Band Riverside Park, Sunday, February 23, at 2 p.m. CJ Greer, Guest Soloist

The next free concert by the Bonita Springs Concert Band will be Sunday, February 23, at 2 p.m. at Riverside Park in downtown Old Bonita. Guest soloist CJ Greer will perform “Selections from The Music Man,” Abba’s “The Winner Takes it All,” and “Mein Herr Marquis” from Johann Strauss.  CJ has performed around the world from theme parks to Broadway to Carnegie Hall, including a year in Japan performing in both English and Japanese.  She is a singer, actor, teacher and conductor with an undying love for storytelling, and inspiring others to find their unique story and voice in music. As a singer her voice has been described as “warm, powerful, and emotional.”  CJ has received multiple Helen Hayes Award nominations.

The Bonita Springs Concert Band will perform music from “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” “Colonel Bogey March,” “Hungarian Dance No. 6” from Johannes Brahams and “Trumpet Wings.”

The 90 band members are under the direction of Gary Smith who retired after 24 years as conductor of the University of Illinois Marching Illini Band.  This is the 6th season that Gary has led the band. Gary says “the talent of these musicians is tremendous, ranging in age from 15 to 94.”

Become a “Friend of the Band” for just $50.  Tickets will be on sale for $10 for the band’s indoor concert, April 5th at Estero High School..

Bring a lawn chair and a friend Sunday, February 23, at 2 PM, Riverside Park, Old Bonita.

Riverside Park, Sunday, January 26, at 2:00 p.m. Jennifer Gilmore, Guest Soloist

The next free concert by the Bonita Springs Concert Band will be Sunday, January 26, at 2:00 p.m. at Riverside Park in downtown Old Bonita. Guest soloist Jennifer Gilmore will perform “Selections from The Sound of Music,” and “Skyfall.”  Jennifer’s performance will highlight her dynamic and tantalizing style. Known for her melodic voice throughout Florida, Jennifer has been compared to a number of legends such as Shirley Bassey, Linda Ronstadt, Janis Joplin, Etta James, Whitney Houston, Adele, Barbra Streisand and Patsy Cline.  Her music delivers a soulful blend of gospel, jazz and pop.

The Bonita Springs Concert Band will perform John Philip Sousa’s “Bullets and Bayonets,” “Whistle Stop Junction” and highlights from “The Game of Thrones.” The Greek dancers from St. Katherine’s Orthodox Church will perform as the band plays the “Greek Folk Song Suite.”

The 90 band members are under the direction of Gary Smith who retired after 24 years as conductor of the University of Illinois Marching Illini Band.  This is the 6th season that Gary has led the band. Gary says, “The talent of these musicians is tremendous, ranging in age from 15 to 94.”

Become a “Friend of the Band” for just $50.  Tickets will be on sale for $10 for the band’s indoor concert on April 5 at Estero High School..

Bring a lawn chair and a friend Sunday, January 26, at 2:00 p.m., Riverside Park, Old Bonita.

DECEMBER 15

Bonita Springs Concert Band
Riverside Park, Sunday, December 15, at 2 p.m.
 Mark Sanders, Guest Soloist

The next free concert by the Bonita Springs Concert Band will be Sunday, December 15, at 2 p.m. at Riverside Park in downtown Old Bonita. This is the band’s annual Christmas concert.

Popular guest soloist Mark Sanders will perform “The Christmas Song,” “Nessum Dorma” and “This is the Moment.”   Originally from Marion, Il., Mark spent 15 years in NYC and now calls Ft. Myers home.  He has appeared in numerous productions and concerts around the world.  He was seen as Perchik in the Broadway National tour of Fiddler on the Roof and recently in My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.  Mark has become a favorite vocalist with the Gulf Coast Symphony, performing at Barbara B. Mann in Carousel, South Pacific and Oklahoma.

Join in the seasonal music that will include: “Let the Bells Ring!,” “Blues for Santa,” “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” “Hanukkah Joy-A Jewish Celebration,” and other Christmas favorites.  Riverside Park will surely be decorated for the season.

 The 90 band members are under the direction of Gary Smith who retired after 24 years as conductor of the University of Illinois Marching Illini Band.  This is the 6th season that Gary has led the band. Gary says, “The talent of these musicians is tremendous, ranging in age from 15 to 94.”

You won’t want to miss this free Christmas show.

Bring a lawn chair and a friend Sunday, December 15, at 2 p.m., Riverside Park, Old Bonita.

 

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Bonita Springs Concert Band
Riverside Park, Sunday, November 3, at 2 p.m.
 Carolann Sanita & Glenn Basham…Guest Soloists

The next free concert by the Bonita Springs Concert Band will be Sunday, November 3, at 2 p.m. at Riverside Park in downtown Old Bonita. The November concert is a tribute to all our veterans and first responders. Patriotic songs will include “Stars and Stripes Fanfare,” “This is My Country” and “Armed Forces Salute.” Come early and stay late.  Nicola Vukovic will be playing his wonderful guitar prior to the concert and after the concert as people depart.

Popular guest soloist Carolann Sanita returns and will perform “Somewhere,” “My Heart Will Go On,” and will narrate “From Sea to Shining Sea.”  Carolann has been a soloist with the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra and the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. Though she is formally trained in opera, Carolann Sanita has a deep affection for musical theater. It’s a passion that transported her as the character Marian on the first national tour of the Broadway remake of “The Music Man” and through Europe and Asia as Maria in “West Side Story.”

Glenn Basham is a native of Washington, D.C., and received his Masters of Music from Indiana University.  He is in his 28th year as concertmaster of the Naples Philharmonic. He has played with Skitch Henderson on “Swinging with Strings.” He will play a violin solo with the Bonita Springs Concert Band, “Theme from Schindler’s List.”

The 90 band members are under the direction of Gary Smith who retired after 24 years as conductor of the University of Illinois Marching Illini Band.  This is the 6th season that Gary has led the 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..  December 15 will be our Christmas Concert, a concert you won’t want to miss.