Community Concert Band Set for Free Live Performance on March 17

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The Alameda Community Band will present its Winter Concert Tuesday, March 17, featuring the "Poet and Peasant Overture" of Von Suppe, as well as special tributes to Hoagy Carmicheal and Henry Mancini. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Building, 2203 Central Ave.

The local concert band comprised of more than 20 musicians will also feature Bay Area saxophonist, Bill Aron, performing the "Glazonov Saxophone Concerto."

The band itself will be performing songs from genres across the board and from many generations; including a few different marches and swing music. The event is free; donations are appreciated.

The Alameda Community Band is always looking for new members and will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. Founded by Jim Hewitt, a former band teacher at Encinal High School, the band’s baton passed to the current conductor Michael Wirgler 20 years ago.

"The upcoming concert has lots of variety, as most of our concerts do," Wirgler said, "All the way from very classical music to jazz and even some cartoon music along the way. This is a concert for the whole family."

The band consists of many Alameda residents who have become interested and involved through their desire to continue playing in a concert band into their adult lives. Once part of the Alameda Adult School, the band now teaches classes through the Recreation and Parks Department.

Morgan Wolfe is an Alameda Sun intern. She can be reached at ditor@alamedasun.com.