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.

Final Concert of the Season Bonita Springs Concert Band Riverside Park, April 14, 2:00 p.m. Featuring Disney’s Mike Davis Vocalist Amy Bright Guitarist Nikola Vukovic

The final concert of the season by the Bonita Springs Concert Band will be Sunday, April 14, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Riverside Park in downtown Old Bonita. The excitement of the band has been outstanding this 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.  Gary says, “The talent of these musicians is tremendous, ranging in age from 15 to 90.”

Mike Davis, who performed with the band in November, will be back to narrate “The Greatest Generation”.  Davis headed all musical productions at Disney World and then Disney International.  He will also sing “God Bless the U.S.A.” and conduct “The Lion King”.

Amy Bright will sing “I’ve Heard That Song Before” and Nikola Vukovic will play “Classical Gas” on guitar.

The band will perform “The Falls”, “Circus Days”, “Arlington” and many more.

Join the band for another exciting performance.  Bring your lawn chair and a friend.

The Bonita Springs Concert Band at Estero High School March 31 at 2:00 p.m. with Broadway singer CJ Greer and guitarist Nikola Vukovic

The next concert by the Bonita Springs Concert Band will be Sunday, March 3l, at 2:00 p.m. at Estero High School. Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.  Guest vocal soloist CJ Greer has performed around the world from theme parks to Broadway to Carnegie Hall, including a year in Japan performing in both English and Japanese. Her singing has been described as “warm, lovely, powerful, and emotional”. She has received multiple Helen Hayes Award nominations for her performances in ” Sister Act”, ” Les Miserables”,  “The Producers” and “The Buddy Holly Story”.  CJ will sing ” You Raise Me Up”, ” Mary Poppins” and “Musetta’s Waltz”.

The band will play music from “Ben Hur” as well as a rendition of “Classical Gas” with  local guest guitarist Nikola Vukovic.  Nikola performs at many area restaurants including Ristorante Limoncello in Naples.

The 90 member band is under the direction of Gary Smith, who served as the Associate Director of Bands and Director of the Marching Illini at the University of Illinois for 24 years. Gary says, “The talent of these musicians is tremendous, ranging in age from 15 to 90.”