The theme for the June 9 Community Band concert will be "Lions, Tigers and Bears." (Rick Hickman / American Press)
Last Modified: Friday, June 06, 2014 12:40 PM
The Lake Charles Community Band’s “Catch a Concert” series, started last Monday, and will continue to run each Monday in June. The concerts are free to the public and start at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center’s Arcade Amphitheater in downtown Lake Charles.
“The band itself is made of people who enjoy playing music as a hobby, that usually have a background from either high school or college”, according to the band’s director, Rob Lauderdale, the assistant professor of French horn. Lauderdale has been a part of the LCCB for over 20 years.
“We enjoy playing, and we strive to play music that’s easy to listen to. We encourage people to come and bring a blanket and basket dinner and just hang out.”
Each different concert in the “Catch a Concert” series will have a theme to go along with the pieces selected for that night’s concert. The overall theme for this year’s series is relativity.
“The one we had for Monday’s performance dealt with ‘musical offices’, meaning, liturgical offices, different times of the day,” Lauderdale said.
Themes for upcoming concerts will include: “Lions, Tigers and Bears” (June 9), “Family Marches” (June 16), “Food and Friends” (June 23).
The last concert on June 30 will be an open dress rehearsal for the “Red, White, Blue and You” concert. The concert will be held inside the Civic Center in an exhibition hall.
“It’s basically for people who don’t want to go through what it takes to get to the concert on the Fourth of July. We have a large audience and we have a wide variety of ages, and the older ones aren’t into the crowds being so huge.”
The LCCB’s final performance for their 2013/2014 season will close with their concert on July 4th.
“We usually have the Louisiana Choral Foundation join us do some patriotic music, ending with the Stars and Stripes Forever”, our national march, just as the fireworks go off,” said Lauderdale.
“Members of the audience are just special people. We get there and have a rehearsal from 6 to 7, just to cover the high spots, and people will show up a quarter after six and stake out their favorite spot on the hill. It’s really wonderful to watch this,” Lauderdale said.
In case of inclement weather, the concerts will be moved to the second floor mezzanine inside the Lake Charles Civic Center.