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Community Band's Spring Concert coming next week

March 22, 2011

Everybody loves a toe-tappin' march. And everybody loves spring. So it's only natural that the BIG ARTS Community Band would combine the two during next week's annual Spring Concert, to be staged at Schein Performance Hall.

On Tuesday, March 29, the swinging sounds of music legends Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, plus a number of patriotic melodies will fill the air beginning at 7 p.m.

According to BIG ARTS Community Band Director Don Knowland, who leads 35-member ensemble playing flutes, drums, saxophone, clarinets and tubas, selected songs for the Spring Concert himself.

"I tried to put together a program that matches the excitement of the season," said Knowland. "Everybody loves marches, and everybody loves the music of Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman. The songs that we're gonna play will inspire people to remember what great musicians they were."

BIG ARTS Community Band will perform selections made famous by Ellington, including "Take the 'A' Train," "Mood Indigo" and "It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)," as well as a number of Goodman tunes, including "Stompin' At The Savoy," "Moonglow" and "Sing Sing Sing."

The band also plans to play popular American favorites, including "Seventy-Six Trombones," "When The Saints Go Marching In" and "Stars And Stripes Forever." Among the other offerings will be "Amazing Grace."

Tickets for adults are $10; children 17 and under are free with adult. The concert will be held in Schein Performance Hall, located at 900 Dunlop Road on Sanibel.

As a “new horizons” band (an international organization for musicians who experienced a long hiatus from playing their instruments), the band welcomes participation from new and visiting musicians. The band rehearses on Monday evenings from October through April at St. Michaels and All Angels Episcopal Church.

In addition to Tuesday's concert on Sanibel, the group will be performing a free show at Shell Point's Village Church Auditorium in South Fort Myers on Monday night.

For further information about the BIG ARTS Community Band or to purchase tickets, stop by BIG ARTS, call 395-0900, e-mail or log on to

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The program for BIG ARTS Community Band's Spring Concert next week will include several patriotic marches as well as standards made popular by legendary musicians Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman.

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Cashore Marionettes coming Wednesday

“Life in Motion” will be performed by Cashore Marionettes at BIG ARTS on Wednesday, March 30 beginning at 8 p.m.

Joseph Cashore is a masterful manipulator of marionettes and has traveled the world with his puppet artistry for more than 30 years. “Life in Motion” portrays characters of depth, integrity and humanity in scenes set to the music of famous composers such as Beethoven, Vivaldi and Strauss. Cashore describes his show as "an entertaining, one-of-a-kind evening for adults and young adults."

Cashore came to fame in the 1980s for impressing audiences and critics alike with puppet Maestro Janos Zelinka and its convincing ability to appear to “play” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ violin solo, "The Lark Ascending," note for note. Cashore has since received numerous awards for his artistry, including a Pew Fellowship for Performance Art and a Citation of Excellence from the North American Center of Union Internationale de la Marionnette-U.S., the highest honor an American puppeteer can receive.

Tickets are $36 for general admission and $15 for students.

To purchase tickets, stop by BIG ARTS or call the Marks Box Office at 395-0900.



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