Lake Charles Community Band prepares for 2013 concert series

By By Jordan Gribble / Special to the American Press

The Lake Charles Community Band, a

volunteer group, will kick off its free summer concert series at 7 p.m.

Monday, June 3,

at the Arcade Amphitheater. Other concerts will be on June 10, 17

and 24. The series will feature a different theme for every


“We’ve got musicians that are housewives, doctors, lawyers, teachers, people who work in the plants, even a few former band

directors,” said Oliver Schrumpf, band president.

“The theme of our first performance will be ‘Through the Decades,’ so we’ll be performing songs for every generation, including

some that are deceased now.”

The performance will feature songs from

the early 1900s, with 1902’s “The Glow-Worm” and 1926’s “Colossus of

Columbia.” The

band will then move on to the 1950s and 1960s with a medley of

songs originally performed by Johnny Mercer. The set will finish

with songs from the 1980s through today — including Michael

Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Paparazzi” by Lady GaGa.

The June 10 performance will feature songs from movies such as “Star Wars,” “1941,” “Gladiator” and “Les Miserables” and the

films of Disney and Pixar. The June 17 performance will celebrate music legends Queen, The Doors, and Earth Wind and Fire.

If it rains, performances will be on the second-floor mezzanine of the Lake Charles Civic Center.