Proud to be an American

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

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.
Dear Friend:

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,

Harold Reisenfeld

2016-2017 SCHEDULE

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The Bonita Springs Concert Band, under the direction of Gary Smith, will present a free concert on Sunday, April 17, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. in Riverside Park on Old 41 in Bonita Springs.

There will be something for everyone from the Polish folksong Clarinet Polka to the music of Duke Ellington In Concert who helped define jazz music in America.

From the movie sensation “Chicago,” here is the big song that everyone will recognize—And All That Jazz. Its exciting finish is filled with all the energy and sizzle of the film!

More Cowbell is a humorous piece inspired by the famous television comedy sketch featuring a rock band, a record producer, and an overzealous cowbell player.

Young-at-heart moviegoers of all ages have been treated to the masterful movie themes of John Williams for decades. Here is a magnificent collection of some of his most memorable melodies from the silver screen. Young People’s Guide To John Williams includes prologue from “Hook,” theme from “E.T.,” Hedwig’s Theme and Raiders March. It’s full of movie magic!

Euphoniumist Robert Thurston will be the featured soloist playing Rhapsody.

You absolutely won’t want to miss the finale: Leroy Anderson’s The Irish Washerwoman featuring select members from the Kellyn Celtic Arts Irish Dance Academy.

Bring your chair or a blanket. Refreshments will be available from Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream.

And if you’re a Friend of the Band pick up your CD of our March 19 concert, A Musical Celebration.

Thank you to all who attended our first indoor concert at Estero High School. We recorded this concert to use for application to the National Convention of the Association of Concert Bands to be held in Fort Lauderdale in 2017. We are hopeful to be considered as one of five bands to be chosen from across America. Gary Smith has elevated the band to new musical heights. Please enjoy this outstanding performance of El Camino Real by Alfred Reed.


Recorded and posted by Deb Wacksman



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The Bonita Springs Concert Band, under the direction of Gary Smith, will present its first indoor concert on Saturday, March 19, at 7:00 pm at the Estero High School, 21900 River Ranch Road, Estero.

Tickets are available for a $5.00  donation. Purchase them at the door or order here using the “Donate” button above. In the “Purpose” box, fill in “Tickets” and the number you are ordering. Orders received before March 12 will be mailed; after that date they will be held for you at the door.

Saxophonist and Yamaha concert artist George Wolfe will be appearing as soloist. Wolfe has performed and taught internationally and has been a featured soloist with such ensembles as the Royal Band of the Belgian Air Force, the World Band at Disney World, the United States Navy Band, the Saskatoon Symphony, and the Chautauqua Motet Choir. Critics have praised his playing as “brilliant and moving.” The selections he will be performing are Porgy and Bess Melody by George Gershwin and Lightnin’, a ragtime composition by Rudy Wiedoeft.

You won’t want to miss this spectacular musical celebration.George Wolfe


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The Bonita Springs Concert Band, under the direction of Gary Smith, will present a free concert on Sunday, February 14, from 2:00 to 4:00 P.M. in Riverside Park on Old 41 in Bonita Springs..

The concert will include a wide variety of music from American River Songs to the Highlights From Jersey Boys.

Journey through the amazing 80’s with the exciting musical synopsis called The Eighties. The hits, the fads, the shows and events are here to entertain all ages! Included are: Chariots Of Fire; Billie Jean; Bad; Don’t Worry, Be Happy; One Moment In Time; Faith; Material Girl; Memory; Flashdance; Phantom Of The Opera; Uptown Girl; E. T.; Physical; Olympic Fanfare; That’s What Friends Are For; We Are The World and Somewhere Out There.

A commissioned piece of music honoring the late Dr. Dennis Hill will also be presented. Mister Music! was commissioned by the Bonita Springs Concert Band. The composer, Rick DeJonge,  one of the most sought after composers for original music for both film and video games, will be conducting.

Don’t miss out on the fun! Bring your music lover and a chair or a blanket. Refreshments will be available from Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream.

Rick DeJonge

Rick DeJonge, Composer