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Melbourne Municipal Band Evokes the Romance of Paris During April 11 and 12 Concerts
2nd Apr 2018 Melbourne Municipal Band Evokes the Romance of Paris During April 11 and 12 Concerts
MELBOURNE, Fla., March 20, 2018 – “April in Paris” is the theme of the Melbourne Municipal Band’s (MMB) April 11 and 12 concerts, which will feature French music. The concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. There is no charge and tickets are not required. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

In addition to showcasing the melodies of France, the concerts will celebrate the 90th birthday of one of MMB’s own – saxophonist Charlie Almeida. Almeida will perform a solo and serve as guest conductor for a march he composed. In addition, the MMB’s Brevard’s Brightest Stars segment features local student vocalist Shannon Reid.

“This will be an evening you won’t want to miss,” said Conductor Staci Cleveland. “We have a wonderful program planned, including selections such as Claire de Lune, An American in Paris and Pas Redouble. Plus, we are honoring a very talented musician and composer who started playing in junior high and hasn’t stopped since – Charlie Almeida.”

Almeida became a member of the highly regarded U.S. Air Force Band “Airmen of Note” during the Korean War, and in 1962 joined the Army and continued his musical career there. After retiring in 1972, Charlie returned to a full-time performing schedule, including recordings with the Baltimore and National Symphonies, performances at the National Theater, Kennedy Center, Ford Theater, and others. He became a regular performer with MMB in 1983.

The concerts also feature pre-show entertainment by Charlie`s Small Jazz Ensemble.

Call 724-0555 or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org for more information.

About the Melbourne Municipal Band
The mission of the Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB), established in 1965, is to bring free concerts to area residents and visitors, to promote music appreciation and education – particularly among young people – and to provide members of the band with an avenue for music performance and development. One-third of the band`s 80-plus members are professional musicians. In a typical year, the band serves 20,000 attendees, and its members give 27,000 hours of community service in the form of rehearsals and performance time.