The Bonita Springs Concert Band, under the direction of Gary E. Smith, will open their 2017-2018 concert season on Sunday, November 5, at 2:00 p.m. in Riverside Park on Old 41 in Bonita Springs.
This special concert is titled “Dedicated to Those Who Serve” as the band pays tribute to past and present military, their families, first responders, police, firemen and EMTs.
The program will consist of exciting and stirring patriotic music including Always United, Forever Strong; Americans We; Land of Liberty; With Malice Toward None (A Musical Tribute to the Life and Times of Abraham Lincoln) and many more.
Guest vocalists are Carolann Sanita and Gerritt VanderMeer who will sing West Side Story and America, The Dream Goes On.
As always, to thank those who have served, the band will present the Armed Forces Salute. It has become a cherished and annual tradition of the Bonita Springs Concert Band to salute past and present members of the armed forces with a musical medley of our five branches of the United States Military, they are the reason we enjoy democracy and freedom. As each song is played, veterans and current members of each branch are invited to stand as we honor America. A special guest this year is Captain Don Miller, one of three of the original surviving “Flying Tigers” from World War II.
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.