LIMA — The Lima Area Concert Band will kick off its 49th season Saturday with “Dance the Night Away.”
Band president and trumpet player Chad Higgins said this is one of their most challenging performances to date.
“Our director mentioned when he picked the music it would be pretty challenging, and that was probably an understatement,” Higgins said.
“Dance the Night Away” will include medleys from the show “Glee” and musician Benny Goodman, songs from Appalachian Dances and a piece called Bayou Breakdown.
“It (Bayou Breakdown) was presented to us last year, and we decided we needed to look into it more next season when we have more time to work on it,” Higgins said. “It’s a very fast and energetic piece with lots of notes in a fairly short period of time.”
Saxophonist Henning Schröeder, assistant professor of music at Ohio Northern University, will return to the stage with the band for two numbers.
“As soon as the band members heard he was performing with us, everyone was really excited,” Higgins said. “He loves playing music and is extremely excited to play anywhere. We enjoy having him, and the audiences have always been very receptive to him.”
The band, patterned after the Sousa Band, specializes in marches but also includes a wide variety of pieces from movies and musicals with the occasional contemporary medley.
“The band is full of people who’ve been playing for many years, band directors, and then just schmoes like me who pulled out an instrument after about 25 years and wanted to start playing again,” Higgins said. “The band likes having things that are challenging to help us grow, and our director is good at challenging us.”
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