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Lake Charles Community Band prepares for 2013 concert series

Last Modified: Thursday, May 16, 2013 2:12 PM

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 performance.

“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.

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