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The Lima Area Concert Band, now in its 42nd year, is one of this city's treasures.Its opening concert this season was “Through the Years.” Not only was it a, varied musical program, but it had an artistically presented light show to highlight a requested repeat performance of “Trail of Tears” by James Barnes. The music is a tone poem recounting the sad tale of the forced 1,500-mile march of the “Five Civilized Indian Tribes.” My inadequate vocabulary can't do it justice. Suffice to say, it was passionate and moving.Concerts always open with the “Star Spangled Banner” and close with Sousa's “Stars and Stripes Forever.” A rousing crowd pleaser! In between, two band members were featured soloists Kelly Biese Jeff Squire. Marilyn Roth-Basinger guest conducted with verve and assurance. I found myself humming along quietly.. A piece I had never heard but found very pleasing was “Joyance” by Claude T. Smith. A variety of musical percussive sounds piqued my interest and delighted me.These dedicated musicians are doing what they love best. Thanks to director/conductor John Hill. It's always nice hearing Charles Eichelberger's familiar voice introduces and describes each composition. What a nice way to get away from it all.— Patricia Fernandez, Lima

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