Concert band brings sounds of Sousa to VMCC


First Posted: 6/11/2014

LIMA — With two concerts under their belts, the Lima Area Concert Band is looking to keep the momentum going with “Scintillating Sousa,” starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Memorial Civic Center.

“The first concert was a lot of fun,” band member Lucy Alstaetter said. “We also did a lovely concert in the gazebo in New Bremen. The band has just improved every year. It just keeps getting better and better.”

The band’s Sousa concert, celebrating the work of famed composer John Philip Sousa, is one of the biggest highlight’s in the band’s season every year.

“The audience really looks forward to this concert because we play a lot of Sousa marches,” Alstaetter said, “but we’ll also be playing a Sousa waltz during this concert.”

The concert will also feature the vocal talents of Chelsie Cree.

“Chelsie Cree is a marvelous student at Ohio Northern University, a vocal major,” Alstaetter said. “She’s been their Sousa lady out there.”

Two band members will also come together for a special duet.

“We’re featuring two of the ladies from our flute section, Stacee Kalla and Lora Dirmeyer, who will play a piccolo duet called the ‘Tritsch-Tratsch Polka,’” Alstaetter said. “It’s a must have at a Sousa concert.”

The concert band will also take time on Saturday to recognize some of the area’s younger musicians.

“What makes this concert very special is that we will recognize local Sousa award winners from high schools,” Alstaetter said. “It’s an award given to a graduating senior. They will then have an opportunity to sit down and play a march with us. We also have a Gail F. Woolley Scholarship that we give away every year. He’s the one who started this band and he was a very special person.”