Thank you for a wonderful season

Here is Jeff Wacksman on clarinet playing “Bare Necessities” at the April 14, 2019, concert. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siuKE6iVBgc&feature=youtu.be

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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.”

 

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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