LIMA — The Lima Area Concert Band will end its 2019 season the Music of “The Greatest Generation.”
The performance will include medleys saluting Bob Hope and Glenn Miller and other marches specific to the World War II period, including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”
Band president and trumpet player Chad Higgins said the entire selection will be geared at that time frame.
“We can’t even imagine how it was back then, and it wasn’t even just those who went overseas,” he said. “The entire country came together to support the military and produce what was needed to make sure we could stay free and to ensure the freedom of others.”
The band will be joined by guest clarinetist Dr. Jennifer Laubenthal, who will join for the performance of Henry Fillmore’s “Lightning Fingers.”
“When we heard we were doing it (‘Lightning Fingers’), we immediately panicked because it’s incredibly fast,” Higgins said. “We’ve had a lot of songs this year that have been really quick and complicated and we thought here we go again. Then we realized she was going to be the one having to be lightning fast.”
Higgins said this closing performance will very much set up next year’s 50th anniversary season.
“We are going to feature some real prominent guest artists and we’re looking forward to that,” he explained. “Every year we do a cabaret concert, but next year’s will be a much bigger deal … this last concert talks about World War II and that cabaret will be all World War II type things — we’re going to have a display out front and we have lots of things planned.”
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