Community band returning for 36th season

Brookings Area Community Band photo: The 36th concert season for Brookings Area Community Band starts June 16, but musicians will gather for the first time this season on Monday for rehearsal.

BROOKINGS – The Brookings Area Community Band, one of the region’s most time-honored arts traditions, has announced its 36th concert season.  

The band is in its 13th year under the baton of David Reynolds, performing arts director at South Dakota State University. Returning as assistant conductor will be Don Crowe, SDSU professor of music education.

“I extend a cordial invitation to all musicians to participate, and to all music lovers to come and enjoy the entire series of programs. Bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket and find out what summer in Brookings is all about,” Reynolds said.

The first rehearsal is slated for 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 20, in the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center, on the SDSU campus. There is still time for musicians young and old to register and join in on the fun.

Themes for this season’s concerts are: 

 June 16, “A World of Adventure” – The band pays tribute to the great American summer vacation with folk songs, medleys and other musical reminders of far-away places.

 June 23, “The Big Top Comes to Brookings” – Children’s night at the community band captures the wonder and magic of a traveling circus.

 June 30, “A Star-Spangled Spectacular” – A traditional patriotic spectacular including a generous portion of Sousa marches, free watermelon, and a tribute to veterans.

 July 7, “Heroes and Villains” – Good always triumphs over evil in this concert featuring music spanning over 100 years.

 July 21, “Drive-In Favorites” – The season finale features music from the great movies of the ’50s and ’60s.

There will be complimentary food and snacks served at all concerts.  

The band will also perform during the Brookings Summer Arts Festival and the Brookings Fourth of July Parade.  

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held in the bandshell in Pioneer Park.  

In case of rain, concerts start at 7:45 p.m. and are moved indoors to the Oscar Larson Performing Arts Center.

For more information on how to join the band or about the series, call Kathy Larsen at 695-0397.


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