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Melbourne Municipal Band Pays “Tribute” to 100th Anniversary of End of WWI with Concerts Nov. 7 and 8
24th Oct 2018 Melbourne Municipal Band Pays “Tribute” to 100th Anniversary of End of WWI with Concerts Nov. 7 and 8
MELBOURNE, Fla., October 11, 2018 – The Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB) honors the men and women who have served our nation through their military service with two special Tribute concerts on November 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd. There is no charge and tickets are not required. Suggested donation is $5.

To commemorate the centennial of the end of WWI, the band will perform music that was popular during that time, including hit songs and patriotic classics. In addition to MMB Conductor Staci Rosbury, three distinguished guest conductors will lead the band in various selections: Col. Bryan Shelburne, former director of the U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”; Col. Hal Gibson, former director of the US Army Field Band; and Dr. Dan Bolin, former professor of music and chairman of the music department at Butler University in Indianapolis.

“This will be a very moving evening, one you won’t want to miss,” said Rosbury. “You’ll hear well-known works by Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan and John Philip Sousa, as well as patriotic masterpieces such as “God Bless America” and “America the Beautiful.” We’ll also feature a song written by Australian composer and folk singer Guy Walton. It pays tribute to the 10 million military personnel who died during World War I and the band arrangement was created especially for this concert.”

Various military support organizations will participate with displays.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and pre-show entertainment will be provided by The Clarinetics, a group of clarinet players that presents classical and popular music.

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.