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LIMA — You know it’s summer when they strike up the band.And on Saturday, the Lima Area Concert Band kicks off its season of concerts with “Celebrations and Ceremonies.”“All of the music in this concert has to do with a celebration or event that caused music to be created,” said John Hill, conductor of the local band.“This is a big time of year to celebrate. We had big news this week about Osama Bin Laden, and we have Mother’s Day, which are both celebrations we share, so this concert has great timing,” Hill said.But the concert has been in the planning stages for a long time.“We learned a lot of neat things when researching the music for this concert. For example, ‘Glider Pilots Reunion,’ one of our pieces, was written as a march for World War II pilots,” Hill said. He added that much of the music performed will be songs people have heard before, but may not realize the celebrations and ceremonies which inspired the music.And as always, the band plans to have fun with much of the music.“We’re doing ‘Happy Birthday Around the World,’ with about six or seven ways that theme is played. It’s everything from Dixie to Bossa Nova, and it will be a lot of fun.”Of course, the musicians get the challenge they enjoy with difficult pieces, including “Symphonic Dance.”And joining the band will be Staff Sgt. Daniel R. Bentley who will perform on the euphonium. A teacher from Versailles, he is a member of the Air Force currently serving at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He has performed with various drum and bugle corps, as well as the Lima Symphony Orchestra. “He’s terrific. He’ll be playing some very familiar tunes such as ‘Danny Boy,’ but hearing it played by the euphonium puts a real different spin on the tune,” Hill said.“All the music in this concert will be music people can relate to. They’ll be tapping their feet or maybe singing along, and that’s what we like,” Hill said.

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