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PRESS CONTACT: Annette Turcotte
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P.O. Box 128, Wakefield, MA 01880
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Chris Kerr September 18, 2017 617-596-5626 press@mcbconcertband.org

Middlesex Concert Band Presents Free Children’s Concert on Sunday, October 1, 2017 in Wakefield. The People of Music—A Musical Celebration for Kids Exploring the People Who Shape the Music We Listen To

Wakefield, MA – Children who learn music at an early age have been shown to perform better in most other areas of development. Hoping to help ignite that creative spark in our local youth, the Middlesex Concert Band presents its annual children’s concert on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Each year, this free concert, which is geared toward children four to nine years of age, focuses on a different aspect of music—demonstrating for the audience how tempos, rhythms, instruments, etc. are combined to bring a composer’s vision to life. This year’s theme is The People of Music, exploring people who have inspired or composed the most important pieces over the years.
Music Director Mark Olson has put together a thoughtful program that will stir the imagination of listeners of all ages. It opens with George Gershwin’s march, “Strike up the Band,” which he wrote for Broadway, but instead became popularized as a university fight song. Next up will be Malcolm Arnold’s “Prelude, Siciliano, and Rondo.” Malcolm’s music provides the backdrop for over 100 films and documentaries. The program continues with Edward Elgar’s “Nimrod,” the best known variation from Elgar’s masterpiece, “The Enigma Variations.”

Grainger’s “Molly on the Shore” and Charles Ive’s “Variations on America” will be recognizable to ears of all ages. The tempo then slows down momentarily for the opening of William Schuman’s rendition of “Chester,” which is a tune that has been popular in America since colonial times. Next, Ted Rickett’s “Satchmo” will bring Louis Armstrong back to life with excerpts from “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “What a Wonderful World,” and other favorites. The concert will close with a collection of playful motifs and warm melodies by Frank Ticheli, a prolific composer who continues to write new favorites today.

The unique setting of this concert, presented in the gymnasium of the Americal Civic Center, puts the children on the same level as the band where they can get a unique, up-close perspective. A large section of the floor is covered with craft paper, with pillows and crayons, where kids can stretch out color while listening to the music. Each child will receive a souvenir coloring book based on the themes of the concert.

Halfway through the program, the children will be invited to participate in a parade of flags, which gives them a chance to burn off a little energy while they march around the gym to the well-known strains of the “Stars and Stripes Forever” march. Continuing a popular tradition, one lucky child from the audience will win the honor of conducting the band during this march.

Children are also invited to stay after the music stops to visit with the musicians as they set up an instrument “petting zoo” around the sides of the gym, where everyone can get a hands-on experience with the instruments of the band.

The Middlesex Concert Band is a nonprofit community band based in Wakefield, Massachusetts that regularly performs concerts in Wakefield and surrounding communities, striving to bring affordable entertainment to all. Originally founded in the 1950s as a marching band, the group later evolved into a concert band which gave its first performance in the spring of 1975 at Memorial Hall in Melrose. Since then, it has become one of the area’s outstanding community musical organizations, performing in various indoor venues from September through June and presenting a number of free outdoor concerts during the summer months.

The People of Music—A Free Children’s Concert, takes place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at the Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA. Funding for this concert is provided in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, as administered locally by the Wakefield Cultural Council. For more information about the Middlesex Concert Band, go to www.mcbconcertband.org.

Middlesex Concert Band
A NONPROFIT 501(c)(3) ORGANIZATION
Federal ID No. 04-3400235
www.MCBconcertband.org
Mark E. Olson MUSIC DIRECTOR director@MCBconcertband.org
John Lock PRESIDENT president@MCBconcertband.org
P. O. Box 128 Wakefield, MA 01880
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(Print) February 13, 2016 Wakefield, MA - Middlesex Concert Band Presents "Songs of the Silver Screen" A Celebration of the Best-Loved Movie Songs of All Time

Sometimes, the most memorable part of a movie is the music associated it-whether an original song or music drawn from classical and popular repertoires. In Songs of the Silver Screen, the Middlesex Concert Band will explore a broad cross-section of movie music. In addition to lots of great instrumental music, the concert will also feature singers from Voices of Hope who will give voice to some of the best-love movie songs of all time. Songs of the Silver Screen will be presented on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Galvin Middle School Auditorium, 525 Main Street, Wakefield, MA. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. for the popular annual gift basket raffle.
Music Director Mark Olson has programmed an exciting afternoon of music, featuring more than a dozen memorable movie songs. From classical pieces like Richard Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra," which is strongly connected in moviegoers minds to the sci-fi classic 2001: A Space Odyssey, to the funky jazz strains of Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther Theme" or the beautiful love song "I Will Always Love You," popularized by Whitney Houston in Bodyguard, there will something for everyone in this blockbuster of a concert.

"Ever since sound became a part of movies, music and film have had a symbiotic relationship, Olson explained. "Music has been used to promote and enhance the story on the screen and, in some cases, songs have become popular only after they were featured in a movie. Songs of the Silver Screen will put a smile on everyone's face."

When looking at the contribution music makes to a movie, there are certain studios and franchises that manage to string together one mega-hit after another. One studio that certainly stands tall in that regard is Disney Studios, which has had fourteen Oscar-winning original songs through the years, and countless other nominations. The concert includes a medley of five of those award-winning songs in "Disney at the Oscars," which features "Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah" from A Song of the South, "Chim Chim Cher-ee" from Mary Poppins, "When You Wish Upon a Star" from Pinocchio, "The Bare Necessities" from The Jungle Book, and "Under the Sea" from The Little Mermaid. Of course, one of the most iconic Disney images is of Mickey Mouse in wizard's robe and hat from the animated classic Fantasia. A highlight of the concert program is a full-length arrangement of Paul Dukas's "The Sorcerer's Apprentice."

The Middlesex Concert Band is thrilled to welcome several members of Voices of Hope to share the stage for this concert. These talented singers will be performing with the band on a few pieces, including "As Time Goes By," which is forever linked to the classic film Casablanca, "Theme from New York, New York," which found a much longer-lasting success as a jazz standard than the movie of the same name, the haunting love song "I Will Always Love You," from Bodyguard, and the joyful "I've Had the Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing. Of course, no concert of movie songs would be complete without the song most often rated as the best of all time-"Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz.

"We are pleased to feature some of the songs known for their lyrics," remarked Olson, "and are excited to join with members of Voices of Hope to present them to you."

Voices of Hope (VOH) is a nonprofit organization based in Lawrence, Massachusetts, dedicated to raising funds for cancer research through theatrical performances. With over 100 members who each share a passion for the performing arts and a desire to join the fight against cancer, VOH has donated over $380,000 to cancer research since they started performing in 2009. "Through song we celebrate those we love, remember those we have lost, honor those who fight, and rejoice for those who survive," explained Greg Chastain, president and founder of VOH.
"We are very honored to be invited to sing with such a talented orchestra and cannot wait to share this beautiful music with all in attendance," said Chastain "It's going to be a wonderful afternoon of music we all know and love."

Rounding out the afternoon's musical program are a few other favorites like the classic Western theme from The Magnificent Seven, a suite of chart-topping James Bond theme songs, the familiar strains of "Colonel Bogey March" featured in Bridge Over the River Kwai, and a collection from the ever-popular John Williams in "John Williams: A Fantasy of Flight," including themes from E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Harry Potter, and, naturally, Star Wars.

In addition to nearly two hours of great music, Songs of the Silver Screen also features the Middlesex Concert Band's annual gift basket raffle. This has become a highly-anticipated event, featuring up to a dozen themes baskets packed with gourmet foods and wines, valuable gift certificates, and other exciting gift items. Doors open at 2:00 p.m. so concertgoers will have plenty of time to browse the raffle baskets. Concertgoers will also enjoy free refreshments during the afternoon.

The Middlesex Concert Band is a nonprofit, community band based in Wakefield, Massachusetts, and made up of more than 50 musicians of all ages who come from throughout Northeast Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Originally founded in the 1950s as a marching band, the group evolved into a concert band in 1975 and has been performing continuously around the region since then.

Songs of the Silver Screen takes place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at the Veterans' Memorial Auditorium in the Galvin Middle School, 525 Main Street, Wakefield, MA. Doors will open at 2:00 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and children under 12 for tickets purchased in advanced. There is a $2 per ticket surcharge for tickets purchased at the door. For tickets and more information about Songs of the Silver Screen or the Middlesex Concert Band, go to www.mcbconcertband.org. For questions about tickets, please contact the MCB box office at boxoffice@mcbconcertband.org (or 781-670-7662).

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Sept 12, 2015: Middlesex Concert Band Presents Free Children's Concert on Sunday, October 4, 2015 in Wakefield

The Places of Music-A Musical Celebration for Children: Exploring How Music Can Represent Different Places and Cultures

Wakefield, MA - Children who learn music at an early age have been shown to perform better in most other areas of development. Hoping to help ignite that creative spark in our local youth, the Middlesex Concert Band presents its tenth annual children's concert on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Each year, this free concert, which is geared toward children four to nine years of age, focuses on a different aspect of music-demonstrating for the audience how tempos, rhythms, instruments, etc. are combined to bring a composer's vision to life. This year's theme is The Places of Music, exploring how music can create imagery in the listener's mind, representing anything from specific places to broad cultures.

Music Director Mark Olson has put together a thoughtful program that will stir the imagination of listeners of all ages. It opens with one of John Philip Sousa's lesser-known marches, "New York Hippodrome," written for the iconic theater billed as the "largest theater in the world" during the early 1900s and which hosted huge spectacles that often included live animals, working vehicles, and a giant swimming tank.

The program continues with four movements of Dello Joio's "Scenes from The Louvre," inspired by various galleries of the famous museum, and Gershwin's "An American in Paris," which brings that city to life, including the ubiquitous car horns that make their appearance throughout the piece.
From the swirling energy of Paris, the program takes what feels like a deep refreshing breath with the quiet, serene strains of John Mackay's "Sheltering Sky," before kicking it up again with the raucous Latin rhythms of "Mambo" from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story, and the toe-tapping rhythms of "Dixieland Jam!" featuring several standards of the Southern Dixie sound woven together by arranger Bob Lowden.

Before concluding, the program treats everyone to "A Day at the Fair," a collection of five short movements by James Curnow, depicting several sights and sounds at a fair including a parade, a haunted house, the carousel, the midway, and a rodeo. Finally, the music takes to audience to a galaxy far, far away with "Star Wars-The Marches" by John Williams.

The unique setting of this concert, presented in the gymnasium of the Americal Civic Center, puts the children on the same level as the band where they can get a unique, up-close perspective. A large section of the floor is covered with craft paper, with pillows and crayons, where kids can stretch out color while listening to the music. Each child will receive a souvenir coloring book based on the themes of the concert.

Halfway through the program, the children will be invited to participate in a parade of flags, which gives them a chance to burn off a little energy while they march around the gym to the well-known strains of the "Stars and Stripes Forever" march. Continuing a popular tradition, one child will be selected from the audience to conduct the band during this march.

Children are also invited to stay after the music stops to visit with the musicians as they set up an instrument "petting zoo" around the sides of the gym, where everyone can get a hands-on experience with the instruments of the band.

The Middlesex Concert Band is a nonprofit community band based in Wakefield, Massachusetts that regularly performs concerts in Wakefield and surrounding communities, striving to bring affordable entertainment to all. Originally founded in the 1950s as a marching band, the group later evolved into a concert band which gave its first performance in the spring of 1975 at Memorial Hall in Melrose. Since then, it has become one of the area's outstanding community musical organizations, performing in various indoor venues from September through June and presenting a number of free outdoor concerts during the summer months.

The Places of Music-A Free Children's Concert, takes place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at the Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA. Funding for this concert is provided in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, as administered locally by the Wakefield Cultural Council. For more information about the Middlesex Concert Band, go to www.mcbconcertband.org.

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Music Bridging the Gap: A Combined Concert from the Middlesex Concert Band and the Wakefield High School Wind Ensemble, May 8, 2015

Wakefield, MA-In a first-time collaboration, the Middlesex Concert Band and the Wakefield High School Wind Ensemble will present a combined concert on Friday, May 8, 2015, 8:00 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Galvin Middle School. Each group will present separate programs of approximately 30 minutes each before combining for a massed band performance. This concert is free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Wakefield Music Boosters, who provide support to all Wakefield Public School music programs.

In school, music is a big part of many students' lives. From early elementary music classes through high school and college bands and orchestras, learning to play and perform music is personally rewarding and mentally stimulating. But what happens after graduation? Unfortunately, many instruments end up gathering dust as career and family pressures increase. Research shows a connection between musical training and increased mental acuity that can benefit people of all ages. Community bands, like the Middlesex Concert Band based in Wakefield, are an enduring tradition that provide a perfect outlet for those who want to dust off those instruments and continue reaping the joys and benefits of playing music as an adult.

Middlesex Concert Band (MCB) members are excited about this opportunity to collaborate with Wakefield's high school musicians, some of whom may one day become a part of the community music tradition by joining MCB or another local community band. The conductors of the two ensembles, Mark Olson, MCB Music Director, and Tom Bankert, Director of Visual & Performing Arts for Wakefield Public Schools, see this concert as not only an opportunity to present some great music to the public, but also to expose the students to the possibilities for making music a part of their lives after graduation. "The highlight of the evening will be the two ensembles performing at the end as one group," Olson said, "celebrating the power that music has in bringing musicians of various ages together."

Music Bridging the Gap takes place at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015 in Veterans Memorial Auditorium at Galvin Middle School, 525 Main Street, Wakefield. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information about the Middlesex Concert Band, go to www.mcbconcertband.org.

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Music Made in America: A Celebration of Music Inspired by and Created in America, presented by the Middlesex Concert Band, March 15, 2015

From New Orleans jazz to Chicago blues, Hollywood hits to Broadway showstoppers, the rich cultural and natural landscapes of this country have inspired countless musicians and composers through the years. The Middlesex Concert Band weaves together an American tapestry of sound featuring works from several musical genres and composers in Music Made in America on Sunday, March 15, 2015, 3:00 p.m. at the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational Technical School in Wakefield, MA.

The program presents works from some of the country’s best known and best loved composers, running the gamut from Aaron Copland’s “A Lincoln Portrait,” featuring a stirring narration of President Lincoln’s words, to John Philip Sousa’s “The National Game March,” a lesser-known march from the baseball lover (and his band’s team pitcher) in honor of the 50th anniversary of the National League. The program also includes two pieces from the esteemed contemporary band composer Frank Ticheli—“An American Elegy,” composed in memory of the victims of the Columbine High School tragedy, and a quiet, expressive arrangement of the American folk song “Shenandoah.”

Of course, any program examining American music has to include a healthy dose of jazz, and this one is no exception. The iconic Big Band Era favorite “In The Mood,” made famous by the Glenn Miller Orchestra, will have the audience dancing in their seats. Other toe-tapping numbers include W. C. Handy’s “St. Louis Blues,” George Gershwin’s “Strike Up The Band,” and Richard Rodgers “Blue Moon.” The highlight of the jazz offerings is Allen Vizzutti’s “American Jazz Suite,” written by the virtuoso trumpeter to feature various jazz trumpet styles and techniques. Music Director Mark Olson, who is also an accomplished trumpet player, will put down his baton and pick up his trumpet for this dynamic piece.

Not wanting to overlook the contributions of Hollywood and Broadway to America’s musical landscape, the Middlesex Concert Band also presents “The Golden Age of Broadway,” featuring the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein, and a salute to that most American of movie genres, the Hollywood Western, and one of Hollywood best-loved composers, John Williams, with Williams’ “The Cowboys.”This will be an afternoon of exciting and stirring music, paying homage to just a few of the countless musicians who have defined, and continue to enrich, America’s music. In addition to the fabulous music, the audience will enjoy free refreshments and are invited to try their luck in a raffle featuring more than a dozen themed gift baskets.

The Middlesex Concert Band is a nonprofit community band based in Wakefield, Massachusetts that regularly performs concerts in Wakefield, Melrose, and Stoneham and strives to bring affordable entertainment to those communities. Originally founded in the 1950s as a marching band, the group later evolved into a concert band which gave its first performance in the spring of 1975 at Memorial Hall in Melrose. Since then, it has become one of the area’s outstanding community musical organizations, performing in various indoor venues from September through June and presenting a number of free outdoor concerts during the summer months.

Music Made in America takes place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational Technical School (the Voke), 100 Hemlock Rd., Wakefield, MA. Doors will open at 2:00 p.m. to provide plenty of time to participate in the gift basket raffle. Admission is $18 for adults, $15 for seniors and children under 12. For tickets and more information about Music Made in America or the Middlesex Concert Band, go to http://www.mcbconcertband.org/america.htm. For questions about tickets, please contact the MCB box office at boxoffice@mcbconcertband.org (or 781-670-7662).

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Carols & Cookies Holiday Concert and Bake Sale
Family Friendly Fun from the Middlesex Concert Band, December 14, 2014

Wakefield, MA-Thrilling holiday music, delicious homemade baked good, free refreshments, free admission for children under 12, and special musical guests add up to an afternoon of fun and good cheer at the Middlesex Concert Band's Carols & Cookies holiday concert and bake sale at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, at the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational Technical School (the Voke), 100 Hemlock Rd., Wakefield, MA.

Music Director Mark Olson has put together a program that blends old favorites like Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" and Ralph Vaughan Williams's setting of "Greensleeves" with new pieces like the Mannheim Steamroller's "Auld Lang Syne" and a jazz arrangement of popular Christmas tunes by Sammy Nestico in "A Fireside Christmas." Other highlights of the program include an inventive new arrangement by David Lovrien of well-known carols in "Minor Alterations: Christmas Through the Looking Glass" and a Christmas-in-the-Round segment that will have the musicians encircling the audience for a special serenade by each instrument section.

Olson, who is also an accomplished trumpet player and currently serves as the interim director of bands at Harvard University, enjoys preparing for the annual holiday concert. "I love the holidays and all the wonderful music that goes with the celebration," he said. "While the melodies rarely change, the arrangements do and that is what helps to keep the music sound new and vibrant even though we have heard that tune before. We try to find a balance in selecting a program of music that includes holiday tunes in their familiar settings as well as familiar tunes arranged in a new and fun way." Olson strives to make sure the program offers something for everyone, and noted that he most looks forward to the small groups presenting arrangements of carols performed scattered around the auditorium.

The Middlesex Concert Band will be joined by the First Baptist Church of Wakefield's Handbell Choir, under the direction of the church's music director and organist, Donna Burns, who will be featured in a segment of their own before joining the band in a performance of Robert Longfield's "The Bells of Christmas." This moving piece features narration based on the story of how Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote the famous carol," I Heard The Bells On Christmas Day," which will be read by Ernie Stevens.

Stevens, a retired elementary school teacher in Arlington and longtime stage performer, will also narrate a performance of Clement Moore's famous poem, "The Night Before Christmas," set to music by Randol Alan Bass. Stevens recently performed with the Middlesex Concert Band, providing narration for Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" at their annual children's concert in October, and is excited to be partnering with the group once again.
Each audience member will receive a treat bag with an assortment of holiday cookies and candies and may enjoy a variety of complimentary hot and cold beverages. In addition to the musical entertainment, the afternoon will also feature an extensive selection of homemade packaged baked goods for sale and a raffle of a cookie jar filled to the brim with samples from the bake sale.

The Middlesex Concert Band is a nonprofit community band based in Wakefield, Massachusetts that regularly performs concerts in Wakefield, Melrose, and Stoneham and strives to bring affordable entertainment to those communities. Originally founded in the 1950s as a marching band, the group later evolved into a concert band which gave its first performance in the spring of 1975 at Memorial Hall in Melrose. Since then, it has become one of the area's outstanding community musical organizations, performing in various indoor venues from September through June and presenting a number of free outdoor concerts during the summer months.

Carols & Cookies takes place at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014 at the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational Technical School (the Voke), 100 Hemlock Rd., Wakefield, MA. Doors will open at 2:00 p.m.; come early for the best selections at the bake sale. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and children under 12 are admitted free. For tickets and more information about Carols & Cookies or the Middlesex Concert Band, go to www.mcbconcertband.org. For questions about tickets, please contact the MCB box office at 781-670-7662 or by email to boxoffice@mcbconcertband.org.

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FEEL THE MUSIC: The Middlesex Concert Band presents its ninth annual children's concert in Wakefield on Oct. 5, 2014.

"The Power of Music" explores how music makes people feel.

The band performs a medley from the movie "Frozen," introduces children to Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf," and presents other pieces such as "The Children's March," "Sandpaper Ballet," and "Russian Sailor's Dance."

One child wins a chance to conduct the band performing "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Each child who attends receives a free coloring book, and after the performance, children have the opportunity to try out the band's instruments.

The Middlesex Concert Band plays traditional and contemporary wind ensemble music, marches, big band songs, folk tunes, and music from Broadway and Hollywood. From September to May, it presents a series of pops and holiday concerts with the Wakefield Choral Society. During the summer, the band plays traditional outdoor concerts in town parks and commons throughout the region.

Composed of more than 60 volunteer musicians, the band is led by conductor Mark E. Olson.
Olson is assistant director of bands at Harvard University, where he conducts the Harvard Wind Ensemble and the Sunday Jazz Band and serves as adviser to the Harvard University Band. He also plays the trumpet.

The children's concert is at 2 p.m. in Americal Civic Center. Admission is free. Visit mcbconcertband.org.

PRESS CONTACT: Annette Turcotte, press@MCB, P.O. Box 128; Wakefield, MA 01880
www.mcbconcertband.org; www.facebook.com/middlesexband; @middlesexbandMA

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Wakefield, MA January 30, 2014 --- Join the Middlesex Concert Band in its new concert venue and celebrate love through the ages with the spring concert, “Romance & Roses.”

Your heart will go a flutter during the first act as you listen to classical pieces such the overture from Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro, Howard Hanson’s second movement “Romantic” from Symphony No. 2, “Tango Fuego” by Jerome Thomas featuring accordion, and Wagner’s “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” from Lohengrin. Your heart will continue to swell with the second act, as the band plays a variety of popular love songs from the ages. Bring your dancing shoes for “A String of Pearls” and “Begin the Beguine”. Go crazy with “Great Ball of Fire” and “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” and pretend to be a Righteous Brother as you sing along to “Unchained Melody”. Your heart will burst in the third act, as you listen to Ravel’s very romantic “Bolero”. Finally, close out the show by singing along to Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me” and selections from Phantom of the Opera and Frank Sinatra’s playlist. The band is pleased to once again welcome accordionist, Lynda Fish, a member of the New Hampshire Accordion Association and the Central Massachusetts Accordion Club. Audience members can enjoy free refreshments and bid on a variety of beautiful raffle baskets.

The Middlesex Concert Band of Wakefield, Massachusetts plays traditional and contemporary wind ensemble music, marches, big band sounds, folk tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood. Middlesex Concert Band is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up of volunteer musicians and led by conductor, Mark E. Olson, assistant Director of the Bands of Harvard University.

Romance & Roses is on Saturday, March 22 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 23 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors and children. On Saturday night, Northeast Metro Vocational School students can enjoy the show for $12 as long as they produce school IDs.
The concert is held at the Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School at 100 Hemlock Road in Wakefield, MA. The Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational School is handicapped accessible. Tickets can be ordered through www.mcbconcertband.org, boxoffice@MCB, 781-670-7662, or at the door.

PRESS CONTACT: Laura Bernheim, 978-618-5073, press@MCB, P.O. Box 128; Wakefield, MA 01880
www.mcbconcertband.org; www.facebook.com/middlesexband; @middlesexbandMA

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Wakefield, MA September 13, 2013 - Join the Middlesex Concert Band (MCB) for its eighth annual children's concert, "The ABCs of Music", presented for free at the Americal Civic Center on Sunday, October 6 at 2:00 pm. The band will perform familiar, traditional, and popular music. Sing along with "Do Re Mi" from The Sound of Music, watch as one lucky child conducts the band during Stars and Stripes Forever, and hear variations on the patriotic tune America. Get to know some of our instruments as the flutes show off during Henry Simeone's Flute Cocktail and the clarinets counter during Clarinets Allegro by Frank D. Cofield. Other pieces include The Mother Hubbard March by John Philip Sousa, selections from the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and Down a Country Lane by Aaron Copland. Following the performance, children will have the opportunity to try out instruments in a musical "petting zoo"

"The ABCs of Music" Concert is on October 6, 2013 at 2:00 pm at the Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA. The concert is free for everyone! The Americal Civic Center is handicapped accessible. This project is sponsored in part by funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered locally by the Wakefield Cultural Council.

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Join the Middlesex Concert Band for a free afternoon concert highlighting American composers on Sunday, June 16 2013 at the Reading Performing Arts Center.

Celebrate the end of spring and beginning of summer with the Middlesex Concert Band at a free concert highlighting some new and classic pieces from a variety of American composers. Listen to some classics such as the overture from Candide by Leonard Bernstein; jazz pieces by Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Duke Ellington; a movement from Aaron Copland's The Tender Land; St. Lawrence Suite by Morton Gould; and Lassus Trombone by Henry Fillmore. Listen for some well known college fight songs in Charles Ives's March Intercollegiate, hum along to some popular American folk songs in Daniel Kallman's An American Tapestry, and tap your toes to Steven Reineke's Main Street Celebration. The band will also be performing what are sure to be new classics: A Movement for Rosa, Mark Camphouse's tribute to Rosa Parks and Lux Aurumque (Light and Gold) by Eric Whitacre.

The concert is on Sunday, June 16 at 3:00 pm at the Reading Performing Arts Center, 62 Oakland Street in Reading, Massachusetts. Admission is free! The Reading Performing Arts Center is handicapped accessible. For more information visit our website at www.mcbconcertband.org

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Wakefield, MA January 20, 2013 - What better way to spend St. Patrick's Day than an afternoon or evening of Irish music? The Middlesex Concert Band is pleased to present "A Celtic Celebration", a musical tribute featuring new and familiar Irish tunes. Let the band tug at your heartstrings with its beautiful rendition of "An Irish Tune from County Derry (O Danny Boy)". Hum along as they play three movements from Arthur Fiedler's favorite composer, Leroy Anderson's "Irish Suite". You'll be toe tapping to the first and third movements, "The Irish Washerwoman" and "The Rakes of Mallow", and you'll be moved by the second movement, "The Minstrel Boy". Try not to dance as the band will then play selections from Riverdance! And don't forget to save your energy for more hand clapping and foot stomping as the band keeps cranking out the tunes. Be sure to participate in our raffle for one of several great gift baskets. Whether you can trace your roots to Ireland, or you're Irish for a day, you'll be entertained!

"A Celtic Celebration" is on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 pm and on Sunday, March, March 17 at 3:00 pm at the Americal Civic Center at 467 Main Street in Wakefield. Tickets are $15 and $12 for seniors and children. Tickets can be ordered online at http://www.mcbconcertband.org/celtictix.htm or by calling (857) 288-8239. The Americal Civic Center is handicapped accessible. Doors open an hour prior to the start of the concert.

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Wakefield, MA January 21, 2012 – Join the Middlesex Concert Band as they “Salute the
Troops”. The band will play patriotic and military favorites, such as a medley of service
songs and the Civil War tribute medley, “The Blue and the Gray”. Enjoy tributes to
frequent USO performers, such as “A Salute to Bob Hope” and Andrews Sisters standby,
“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”. Other pieces include Samuel Barber’s “Commando
March”, John Williams’s “Hymn to the Fallen”, and even a medley of military TV theme
songs. Performing with the band, as always, will be its resident crooner, Rene Pfister,
who will surely bring down the house with his renditions of classic favorites. The band
will also be joined by the “UUTunes”, a local singing group comprised of the talents of
Molly Smith, Lorraine Dennis, and Liz Lowell. Support the band and win some great
gifts by bidding on a variety of raffle baskets at both concerts.

“Salute to the Troops” is on Saturday, March 24 at 7:30 pm and Sunday, March 25 at
3:00 pm at the Americal Civic Center at 467 Main Street in Wakefield. Tickets are $15
for adults and $12 for children under 12, seniors, and all retired and active military personnel.
Doors open an hour early for both shows. Tickets can be ordered at 978-346-7606,
tickets@mcbconcertband.org, at www.mcbconcertband.org, or at the door. The Americal
Civic Center is handicapped accessible.

The Middlesex Concert Band of Wakefield, Massachusetts plays traditional and
contemporary wind ensemble music, marches, big band sounds, folk tunes and music
from Broadway and Hollywood. From September to May, the Middlesex Concert Band
presents a series of pops and holiday concerts with the Wakefield Choral Society. During
the summer months, the band can be heard playing traditional outdoor concerts in town
parks and commons throughout the region. Middlesex Concert Band is a non-profit
501(c)(3) organization made up of more than 60 volunteer musicians. For more
information about the band, visit www.MCBconcertband.org The band is led by
conductor, Mark E. Olson. An active trumpeter, Mr. Olson is also the assistant Director
of Bands at Harvard University where he conducts the Harvard Wind Ensemble, The
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Wakefield, MA October 29, 2011 – Join the Middlesex Concert Band for double the fun
this holiday season on December 10 and December 11. Start your celebrating on
Saturday night, December 10 at the annual Holiday Pops concert featuring the Wakefield
Choral Society. Listen to an array of holiday music from both the Band and the Choral
Society. Audience members will be invited to join the two groups as they perform the
“Hallelejah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah. Continue the celebrating on Sunday
afternoon, December 11 at “Carols and Cookies”. The band will perform with its
resident crooner, Rene Pfister and The First Baptist Church of Wakefield Handbell Choir.
Free refreshments will be served, and audience members will have a chance to participate
in a raffle. So take a break from your shopping and get into the holiday spirit by
spending the weekend with the Middlesex Concert Band!

The Middlesex Concert Band of Wakefield, Massachusetts plays traditional and
contemporary wind ensemble music, marches, big band sounds, folk tunes and music
from Broadway and Hollywood. From September to May, the Middlesex Concert Band
presents a series of pops and holiday concerts with the Wakefield Choral Society. During
the summer months, the band can be heard playing traditional outdoor concerts in town
parks and commons throughout the region. Middlesex Concert Band is a non-profit
501(c)(3) organization made up of more than 60 volunteer musicians. For more
information about the band, visit www.MCBconcertband.org The band is led by
conductor, Mark E. Olson. An active trumpeter, Mr. Olson is also the assistant Director
of Bands at Harvard University where he conducts the Harvard Wind Ensemble, The
Sunday Jazz Band and serves as advisor to the Harvard University Band.

Holiday Pops with the Wakefield Choral Society and the Middlesex Concert Band is on
Saturday, December 10 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 reserved seating and $12 at the door.
Carols & Cookies with the Middlesex Concert Band and Friends is on Sunday, December
11 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/seniors and children.
Both concerts are at the Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA.
Tickets for both shows can be ordered through tickets@mcbconcertband.org, 978-346-
7606, or at the door. Online ticketing will be available through www.mcbconcertband.org
starting in mid-November.
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Wakefield, MA January 9, 2011 -- Join the Middlesex Concert Band for "The MCB Musical Variety Show: A Tribute to Ed Sullivan." The show will feature an array of music indicative of the style featured on The Ed Sullivan Show. Channel your inner 1950's and 1960's teenager by screaming along as the band plays hits by the Beatles and Elvis Presley. Listen to contemporary pieces which would have undoubtedly been featured by Ed Sullivan had he still been on the air when they were produced. Sing along to highlights from several Broadway shows. Middlesex Concert Band's resident crooners, Rene Pfister and Jean Nigro, will dazzle everyone with renditions of "Memory" and "Embraceable You." Support the band and win some great gifts by bidding on a variety of raffle baskets reflecting the interests of many people, such as chocolate lovers, wine lovers, movie lovers, and sports fans.

The concert is on March 19, 2011 at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm) and March 20, 2011 3:00 pm (doors open at 2:00 pm) at the Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children. Tickets can be ordered through www.MCBconcertband.org/varietyconcert.htm, tickets@mcbconcertband.org, 781-279-0108, or at the door. Table seating is available.
The Middlesex Concert Band of Wakefield, Massachusetts, plays traditional and contemporary wind ensemble music, marches, big band sounds, folk tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood. From September to May, the band presents a series of pops and holiday concerts with the Wakefield Choral Society. During the summer months, the band can be heard playing traditional outdoor concerts in town parks and commons throughout the region. Middlesex Concert Band is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up of more than 60 volunteer musicians. For more information about the band, visit www.MCBconcertband.org. The band is led by conductor, Mark E. Olson.

PRESS CONTACT: Laura Bernheim, 781-648-0508; press@mcbconcertband.org
P.O. Box 128, Wakefield, MA 01880
www.mcbconcertband.org/varietyconcert.htm
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MAY, 2010: The Wakefield Choral Society (WCS) with the Middlesex Concert Band (MCB) invites the community to their annual Spring Pops Concert on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield.

WCS Music Director, Michael Green, has compiled a program which showcases the Choral Society's range of musical style. It opens with Rogers and Hammerstein's It's a Grand Night for Singing which is followed by the Franz Liszt Ave Maria. Next are Aaron Copland's Ching-a-ring-Chaw, Mozart's motet Ave Verum, Neighbors' Chorus from Offenbach's opera La Jolie Perfumeuse, John Rutter's For the Beauty of the Earth, and William Henry Smith's arrangement of the spiritual Ride the Chariot. The set closes with a medley of Broadway tunes including Everything's Coming up Roses, Getting to Know You, There is Nothing Like a Dame, Oh What a Beautiful Morning, America and Somewhere. The Choral Society will be accompanied by pianist Joe Beninati of Reading.

The Middlesex Concert Band, under the baton of Mark E. Olson will then take the stage to perform music of American composers. Included in the set are Overture for Winds by Charles Carter, Clifton Williams' Pastorale and Howard Hanson's Choral and Alleluia. The set will conclude with two very familiar works: Frank Ticheli's arrangement of Shenandoah and selections from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story.

For the finale, the Choral Society will join the Band to perform America the Beautiful, and The Americana Songbook.

Concertgoers may purchase reserved tables ahead of time by calling chorus manager Tom Merchant at 781-246-6444, or may purchase unreserved tickets at the door. Reserved tables for eight are $120. Reserved tables for ten are $150. Unreserved tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Refreshments will be sold before the concert, and during the intermission. The Americal Civic Center is located at 467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA (Next to the Galvin Middle School). The center is handicapped accessible.

The Wakefield Choral Society is comprised of amateur voices from Wakefield and nearby towns. The chorus and the Middlesex Concert Band present a winter pops and a spring pops concert annually. The chorus also participates in Wakefield's Veterans' Day ceremonies. Membership is open to anyone who enjoys singing and can carry a tune; the group happily combines all levels of singing ability. Rehearsals are held weekly September to May on Monday evenings at 7:30 pm in the Music Room of Wakefield High School. The first three rehearsals of each season are considered "open rehearsals". They offer an opportunity for newcomers to decide if they want to join before paying the membership fee for the season. For more information see www.wakefieldchoralsociety.org.

With over 60 performers, the Middlesex Concert Band of Wakefield, Massachusetts has a rich symphonic sound. The repertoire includes traditional and contemporary wind ensemble music, marches, big band sounds, folk tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood. From September to May, the Middlesex Concert Band presents a series of pops and holiday concerts. During the summer months, the band can be heard playing traditional outdoor concerts in town parks and commons throughout the region. Visit www.mcbconcertband.org for more information.

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Middlesex Concert Band Presents "Shall We Dance" at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield on March 20 and 21.

Wakefield, MA January 22, 2010 -- Join the Middlesex Concert Band for "Shall We Dance" a special concert celebrating the music that moves us. The show will feature music performed by the Wakefield based community concert band and highlight a variety of dances such as Latin, Swing, Polka, and Rock. Local dance professionals will get the crowd "in the mood" by demonstrating several of the dances, and Middlesex Concert Band's resident crooner, Rene Pfister, will dazzle everyone with his vocal rendition of "Mack the Knife". Dance numbers will be demonstrated by Fitz Gerald St. Hilaire and Kelley Walsh of Kadanse Latin and Ballroom Dance Instruction of Burlington. Audience members will have a chance to join Fitz and Kelly as well as participate in a mini dance contest. Less brave audience members will still have the opportunity to purchase refreshments and buy raffle tickets for chances to win beautiful gift baskets.

The Middlesex Concert Band of Wakefield, Massachusetts plays traditional and contemporary wind ensemble music, marches, big band sounds, folk tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood. From September to May, the Middlesex Concert Band presents a series of pops and holiday concerts with the Wakefield Choral Society. During the summer months, the band can be heard playing traditional outdoor concerts in town parks and commons throughout the region. Middlesex Concert Band is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up of more than 60 volunteer musicians. For more information about the band, visit www.MCBconcertband.org. This year, the Middlesex Concert Band is proud to celebrate its 35th year. The band is led by conductor, Mark E. Olson. An active trumpeter, Mr. Olson is also the assistant Director of Bands at Harvard University where he conducts the Harvard Wind Ensemble, The Sunday Jazz Band and serves as advisor to the Harvard University Band.

Concert is on March 20, 2010 at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm) and March 21, 2010 3:00 pm (doors open at 2:00 pm) at the Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and children. Tickets can be ordered through tickets@mcbconcertband.org, 781-279-0108, or at the door.

PRESS CONTACT: Laura Bernheim, 781-648-0508; press@
P.O. Box 128, Wakefield, MA 01880 http://www.mcbconcertband.org/shallwedance.htm

See our live cable interview!
CATV Interview
Our own Judy Manning talks with New England Journal on Melrose CATV
(an Adam Dusenberry/KDS Production)

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Sept 20, 2009: MIDDLESEX CONCERT BAND PRESENTS "CHORDS FOR KIDS: THE YOUNG EXPLORERS

The Middlesex Concert Band will present its fifth annual "Chords for Kids" concert on Sunday, October 4th, 2009 at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield from 2:00P-3:30P. This year's performance, entitled "The Young Explorers," will take the audience on a musical journey to explore various musical melodies and rhythms.

During the afternoon's musical escapade, the Middlesex Concert Band's Music Director, Mark E. Olson, will bring our Young Explorers on a journey through the repeating melodies of Aaron Copland's "Variations on a Shaker Melody." The melody, better known as "Simple Gifts," will be heard throughout the piece, played in different styles and tempos. Three well-known nautical songs, played in a more festive than military style, will be heard in "Sea Songs," by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Appropriate to the season, the band will perform "October," by Eric Whiteacre, which will create serene images of Autumn through music and instrumentation. In the suite, "Scenes from the Louvre," by Norman Dello Joio, the audience will musically be taken through the "Portals" of that Paris museum to envision the regal "Kings of France" and romp in the "Children's Gallery." We will then hear how changing rhythms throughout a piece can change the feel of the music in "Cajun Folk Songs," by Frank Tichelli. Three different melodies will be played in "Mannin Veen," by Hayden Wood. With the help of Mr. Olson, the audience will explore each of these melodies and become familiar with the sounds of the instruments featured in the tunes. The enjoyable "The Whistler and His Dog," written by Arthur Pryor, will tell the story of a man looking for his dog. The piccolo will play the melody of the whistle, and children can listen to hear if the dog returns home. And, during the show, one child will be chosen to conduct the band as it plays John Philip Sousa's legendary march, "Stars and Stripes Forever." Following the musical performance, the Young Explorer's will have the chance to meet the musicians and try out the various instruments of the band in an instrumental "Petting Zoo."

Wakefield's own Middlesex Concert Band, with over 60 volunteer performers, plays traditional and contemporary wind ensemble music, marches, big band sounds, folk tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood. From September to May, the Middlesex Concert Band presents a series of pops and holiday concerts. The band joins the Wakefield Choral Society twice a year for concerts at The Americal Civic Center. During the summer months, the band can be heard playing traditional outdoor concerts in town parks and commons throughout the region. The band's mission is to promote greater knowledge and appreciation for wind music while bringing enjoyment to its listening audience

The band will be directed by Mr. Mark E. Olson. In addition to his position as Music Director of the Middlesex Concert Band, Mr. Olson is the assistant Director of Bands at Harvard University where he conducts the Harvard Wind Ensemble, The Sunday Jazz Band and serves as advisor to the Harvard University Band. Mr. Olson is also an active trumpet performer and a member of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony. The Middlesex concert band was very happy to welcome Mr. Olson as its new music director earlier this year.
Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for children. A $20 family ticket will admit two adults with any number of children. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling Chris at 781-279-0108.
The Americal Civic Center is located on 467 Main Street in Wakefield Square, next to the Galvin Middle School. Wakefield is accessible by MBTA rail service from North Station. The Americal Civic Center is handicapped accessible.

This project is supported, in part, by funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, as administered locally by the Wakefield Cultural Council.

Come join us for a fun afternoon.

Press Contact: Carol Lucyniak, 781-942-0989, info/@/mcbconcertband.org
Middlesex Concert Band, P.O. Box 128, Wakefield, MA 01880

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May 9, 2009: Spring Pops Concert with the Wakefield Choral Society
PDF of Press Release

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tember 15, 2008: CHORDS FOR KIDS: "Carnival of the Animals"
The Middlesex Concert Band's fourth annual children's concert, "Chords for Kids: "Carnival of the Animals," will be presented on Sunday October 5th, 2008 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield. The "animal themed" concert will provide fun and great music for children and adults. Classical and popular music selections will feature the sounds and spirits of horses, lions and even dinosaurs.

During the show, children will have a chance to win an opportunity to conduct the band and march around the auditorium to Sousa's legendary "The Stars and Stripes Forever." After the concert, children may meet the players and try out the various instruments in an instrument "petting zoo".

The musical menagerie program will offer recognizable compositions, and will introduce the audience to some new pieces. Led by Sam, the Snare Drum, "Meet the Band," takes children of all ages on a musical journey, through the instruments of the concert band. Camille Saint-Saens' enchanting masterpiece, "Carnival of the Animals," will make the audience feel that graceful swans, lions of brass and tuba elephants are in the room. Concert goers will experience the danger and excitement of the dinosaur kingdom as John Williams' majestic and memorable score of "Jurassic Park" is performed. Children will surely recognize the lovely music from the Disney film, "The Lion King." And… everyone will hear the hoof beats of prancing horses featured in "Galop" by Dmitri Shostakovich and "Light Calvary Overture" by Franz Von Suppe.

The Middlesex Concert Band is a non-profit community music group based in Wakefield, serving the Greater Boston area for more than 50 years. Conducted by Mr. James O'Dell of Melrose, the band is made up of men and women of all ages who volunteer their time and talent to perform concerts year-round. From September to May, the band presents a series of pops and holiday concerts. During the summer months, the band can be heard playing traditional outdoor concerts in town parks and commons throughout the region.
Join us! Ticket prices are $10 adults and $5 children. A $20 family ticket will admit two adults with any number of children. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling Chris at 781-279-0108.

The Americal Civic Center is located on 467 Main Street in Wakefield Square, next to the Galvin Middle School. Wakefield is accessible by MBTA rail service from North Station. The center is handicapped accessible.

This project is supported, in part, by funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, as administered locally by the Wakefield Cultural Council.

Come join us for a very fun afternoon.

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MIDDLESEX CONCERT BAND PRESENTS "THE GOLDEN AGE OF RADIO"

Join the Middlesex Concert Band at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield, MA on Saturday, March 24, 8:00PM, for "The Golden Age of Radio." The concert, a joyous recreation of a 1940's radio variety show, will feature music from the Middlesex Concert Band, skits and singing by Boston Conservatory's Musical Theater students, and an announcer reenacting news items from the decade.

In a time before the Internet and when television wasn't available, the king of home entertainment was the radio! Radio was our window to the world. Every evening, families would pull up their chairs and be transported to worlds of wonder, music and laughter, good news and bad. They would hear the creaking-door sound effect on Inner Sanctum Mysteries, the comedy of Burns & Allen, the "Hi-yo, Silver!" call of the Lone Ranger or the cackle of The Shadow: "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows."

In this unique scripted show, we take you back with us to that time when big band music ruled the airwaves, when the pop stars of the day were names like Frank Sinatra and Glenn Miller, and when families gathered around the radio to listen to their favorite shows. Listen to music and singing of hits like "In The Miller Mood", "Recorded by Sinatra", "The Homefront: Musical Memories from World War II", "Twelfth Street Rag", "Blue Moon", and "As Time Goes By. " And, of course, we will finish up with the Lone Ranger and the "William Tell Overture." Enjoy two classic short radio scripts, reenacted by four Musical Theater students: the Campbell Soup Short Short Story, "Good Salesman" and a "Five Minute Mystery" - sound effects and all.

The Middlesex Concert Band of Wakefield, Massachusetts, with over 60 performers, is directed by Mr. James O'Dell of Melrose. The repertoire includes traditional and contemporary wind ensemble music, marches, big band sounds, folk tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood. From September to May, the Middlesex Concert Band presents a series of pops and holiday concerts. During the summer months, the band can be heard playing traditional outdoor concerts in town parks and commons throughout the region.

For more than 50 years, the Middlesex Concert Band has been contributing to the rich cultural life of the Greater Boston area. Originally conceived as the Redmen's Band, it began as an offshoot of the fraternal organization for descendants of the Boston Tea Party "Indians." Based in its early years in Wakefield and Melrose, it may be recalled as the Redmen's Marching Band, renowned for its colorful and authentic Plains Indian costumes that included full headdress.

In 1974, the Redmen's Band evolved into a wind ensemble and became known as the Middlesex Concert Band. Since then, it has become one of the area's outstanding community musical organizations, made up of more than 60 talented men and women of all ages who volunteer their time and effort to rehearse and perform concerts year-round throughout the Greater Boston area.

Conductor and Music Director, James O'Dell, has been professionally active in instrumental music and music education for the past twenty-four years. Mr. O'Dell is the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at The Boston Conservatory and teaches Conducting, Brass, Tuba and Euphonium. A distinguished and versatile educator, conductor, and musician, his collegiate conducting tenures have included marching, pep, concert, and jazz bands, wind ensemble and brass ensemble. He is founder of the New England Collegiate Jazz Festival, Boston TubaChristmas, and cofounder of the Boston Tuba Quartet and The Brass Consortium. He is also the Acting Artistic Director & Principal Guest Conductor of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony.

As a tubist he has toured, recorded, and performed with the Ken Shaphorst Big Band, Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra, the Boston Globe Repertory Jazz Orchestra (Gunther Schuller, conductor), and as soloist with the Harvard Summer Band. He has been a member of the faculty brass quintets at the University of Oregon and Mansfield University (PA), and principal tuba with the Eugene Symphony Orchestra.

For this performance of "The Golden Age of Radio", the Middlesex Concert Band welcomes musical theater students from The Boston Conservatory. The Boston Conservatory trains exceptional young performing artists for careers that enrich and transform the human experience. Known for its multi-disciplinary environment, the Conservatory offers fully accredited graduate and undergraduate programs in Music, Dance, Theater, and Music Education, and presents over 200 performances each year by students, faculty, and guest artists. The intimacy of the class settings provides a student-centered atmosphere that is uniquely intensive and supportive.

Since its founding in 1867, The Boston Conservatory has shared its talent and creativity with the city of Boston, the region, and the nation, and continues to grow today as a vibrant community of artists and educators.

The Theater Division's curriculum includes all of the components of theater performance training--acting, speech, dance, theater movement, voice, musicianship, directing, stagecraft, and theater academics--but the focus on musical theater training is what sets the school apart. Students take a unique and comprehensive set of courses that include small and large ensemble training, solo interpretation, cabaret, and intensive script and score analysis from the major genres of musical theater.

Join us March 24!

Doors will open at 7:00PM for the themed raffle and refreshments. Tickets are $18 for reserved table seating, $15 for seniors/children or $12 unreserved seating. For reservations call Chris at 781-279-0108, or visit our web site at www.MCBconcertband.org/Radio. Tickets may be purchased at the door based on availability.

Americal Civic Center (Next to the Galvin Middle School)
467 Main Street, Wakefield, MA
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NOTE: The children's concert was rescheduled for Sunday, September 24, 2006

JANUARY 10, 2006 (WAKEFIELD, MA) Middlesex Concert Band Celebrates Music for Children
Give your children the lifetime gift of music. Wakefield's own Middlesex Concert Band will present great music for children at their second annual "Chords for Kids" concert on Sunday February 12th from 2:00P-3:30P at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield. Everyone will enjoy hearing everything from traditional folk tunes to classic Hollywood movie music. We will explore jazz, waltz, calypso, rags, fanfares, marches and ballads. Children will have an opportunity to win a chance to conduct the band in Souza's "Stars and Stripes Forever", march around the auditorium, meet the players and try out the various instruments in an instrument "petting zoo".

In a salute to New Orleans, our Music Director, Jim O'Dell, will join the band as tuba soloist in the jazz classic "Tuba Tiger Rag." Mr. O'Dell, the Assistant Dean of The Boston Conservatory, has played and recorded on the tuba in jazz bands, brass ensembles, concert bands and symphony orchestras. Tiger Rag was written in 1910 by Nick LaRocca and recorded by his band, Original Dixieland Jazz Band, in New Orleans.

Judy Manning - Leonard, our Assistant Conductor, an accomplished flute soloist and the Music Director at Pentucket Regional Middle School will perform "Rhapsody for Flute" by Stephen Bulla, a graduate of Boston's Berklee College of Music and an arranger for "The President's Own" U.S. Marine Band and White House Orchestra.

Folk tunes are represented by the British band classic "Green Bushes" by Percy Grainger, "Variations on a Shaker Melody" by the great American composer Aaron Copland and "The Eighth Candle", based on the story of Hanukkah.

We will play "The Wizard of Oz" to show a typical movie musical. Other selections from movies will explore other musical ideas. Disney's "Under the Sea" demonstrates the calypso, "Chicago" shows jazz, Disney's "Chim Chim Cher-ee" is a waltz and "Also Sprach Zarathustra" from 2001 is a classic fanfare.

No concert is complete with a rousing march -- and we have two -- "The March of the Belgian Paratroopers" and "Stars and Stripes Forever."

The Middlesex Concert Band has been contributing to the rich cultural life of the Greater Boston area for more than 50 years. Originally conceived as the Redmen's Marching Band, it began as an offshoot of the fraternal organization for descendants of the Boston Tea Party "Indians." In 1974, the Redmen's Band evolved into the Middlesex Concert Band, one of the area's outstanding community musical organizations.

Join us! Ticket prices are $10 adults and $5 children. A $20 family ticket will admit two adults with any number of children. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling Chris at 781-279-0108. Tickets are also available at http://www.mcbconcertband.org/chords.htm

The Americal Center is located on Main Street in Wakefield Square, next to the Galvin Middle School. Wakefield is accessible by MBTA rail service from North Station. The center is handicapped accessible.

This project is supported, in part, by funding from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, as administered locally by the Wakefield Cultural Council.

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OCTOBER 15, 2005 (WILMINGTON, MA): The Middlesex Concert Band and The Colonial Chorus Players will combine for a musical revue saluting great music from great movies on Saturday, October 22 at 8:00pm. The concert will feature music from movie blockbusters "2001: A Space Odyssey," "Pirates of the Caribbean," "Chicago," "An American in Paris," "Music Man," and many others.

The Colonial Chorus Players is a non-profit community theater group that has been presenting musical theater in Reading, Massachusetts since 1962. The organization strives to create as much of its productions as possible from the minds, hands and talents of its members and volunteers from the community.

Middlesex Concert Band is a non-profit adult community band serving the greater Boston area for almost 60 years. The repertoire includes traditional and contemporary wind ensemble music, marches, big band sounds, folk tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood.

"Hooray for Hollywood" will be performed on Saturday, October 22 at 8:00pm in the Winchester Town Hall. Doors will open at 7:00pm for a penny raffle and refreshments. Tickets are $18 reserved table seating, $15 seniors, $12 unreserved balcony seating.

For reservations call Chris at 781-279-0108 or visit our website at www.MCBconcertband.org or www.colonialchorus.com. Tickets may be purchased at the door based on availability. The Town Hall is handicapped accessible.

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Chords for Kids - Middlesex Concert Band Celebrates Music for Children
Sunday, February 13th 2:00pm Wakefield, MA

Jan. 25, 2005 Wakefield, MA - The Middlesex Concert Band will be performing a special concert for children on Sunday, February 13th 2005 at 2:00pm at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield, MA. According to music director, James O'Dell, "We wanted to do a concert with a purely educational focus for the Wakefield community, introducing children to a wide variety of music and musical instruments. Children who are at the age of starting to learn a musical instrument will hear and see some very exciting things, and have an opportunity to get up close to the instruments, and interact with the adult musicians." The 90-minute program will include many interactive activities including an instrument "petting zoo" and an opportunity to conduct the band in Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever.

The concert will feature guest artists Ms. Haley Horgan from Wakefield High School and Ms. Yuko Yoshikawa from Boston Conservatory. Each will perform with one of MCB's small group ensembles on her principle instrument: Ms. Horgan on bassoon, Ms. Yoshikawa on marimba.

Ms. Haley Horgan is a senior at Wakefield High School and is planning to pursue a major in bassoon performance after graduation. Haley will be performing Gabriel Pierne's Marche des Petits Soldats de Plomb (March of the Little Tin Soldiers) and The Sorcerer's Apprentice with the woodwind quintet.

Ms. Yuko Yoshikawa has recently completed a Master of Music in Marimba Performance at The Boston Conservatory. She will perform Flight of the Bumble Bee with the MCB, and an unaccompanied work titled LAND by Japanese composer Takatsugu Muramatsu. She will be performing on one of the area's only five-and-a-half-octave marimba.

The day's program includes large-group ensemble performances of classic wind band tunes such as Shostakovich's Folk Dances, Moussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, plus kids' favorites, including The Teddy Bears Picnic, The Incredible Adventures of Wallace and Gromit, and Looney Tunes Charges and Cheers. The band will then break into small groups to feature instrumental sections in brass, woodwinds, saxophone and percussion ensembles. The children will have an opportunity to march around the auditorium, win a chance to conduct the full ensemble, meet the players and try out the various instruments used in the concert.

Join us in this celebration of music for children on Sunday, February 13, 2005 2:00pm-3:30pm at the Americal Civic Center, Main Street, Wakefield, MA. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children or purchase a Family Pack for just $20. Call Chris at 781-279-0108, visit our website at http://www.MCBconcertband.org for more information.

James O'Dell is currently the Music Director and Conductor of both the Middlesex Concert Band and the Southeastern Massachusetts Community Concert Band, and is the Associate Conductor of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Southern Oregon University (1978), a Master of Music in Tuba, Euphonium, and Bass Trombone Performance from the University of Oregon (1983), and doctoral studies at Arizona State University (1983-84). O'Dell is currently the newly appointed Assistant Dean of The Boston Conservatory, a post he assumed after a nine-year tenure as Director of the Conservatory's Music Division.

Middlesex Concert Band is a non-profit adult community band serving the greater Boston area for almost 60 years. The repertoire includes traditional and contemporary wind ensemble music, marches, big band sounds, folk tunes and music from Broadway and Hollywood. Rehearsals are Thursday nights 7:30pm at the Americal Civic Center, Main Street, Wakefield, MA. All are welcome to join; no audition is required. Visit our website for more information http://www.MCBconcertband.org

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MIDDLESEX CONCERT BAND WELCOMES NEW CONDUCTOR

Wakefield After a lengthy search process, members of the Middlesex Concert Band enthusiastically welcomed James O'Dell to the first rehearsal of the 2004 spring season. A large number of highly qualified applicants expressed interest in the position before a handful was selected to conduct rehearsals during the fall / winter season of 2003.

According to veteran clarinet player, Doree Round, "(O'Dell) has excellent qualifications, much experience, and his reference checks were great."

O'Dell has been professionally active in instrumental music and music education for the past twenty-four years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Southern Oregon University (1978), a Master of Music in Tuba, Euphonium, and Bass Trombone Performance from the University of Oregon (1983), and doctoral studies at Arizona State University (1983-84). O'Dell is currently the newly appointed Assistant Dean of The Boston Conservatory, a post he assumed after a nine-year tenure as Director of the Conservatory's Music Division.

A distinguished and versatile educator, conductor, and musician, Mr. O'Dell is currently the Music Director and Conductor of both the Middlesex Concert Band and the Southeastern Massachusetts Community Concert Band, and is the Associate Conductor of the Metropolitan Wind Symphony. O'Dell's extensive musical experience has brought him across the country to Oregon and Arizona, to Pennsylvania, and most of the New England states, among others. His collegiate conducting tenures have included marching, pep, concert, and jazz bands, wind ensemble and brass ensemble. He is founder of the New England Collegiate Jazz Festival, Boston TubaChristmas, and cofounder of the Boston Tuba Quartet and The Brass Consortium.

Concertgoers can anticipate a repertoire of varied genres including traditional marches, selections from popular musicals, light Classical pieces and other favorites. Concerts this season and throughout the summer will include a large number of pieces representing the theme of kings, queens, counts and dukes. O'Dell's first public appearance with the Middlesex Concert Band will be May 15, 2004 at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield, MA.

The busy summer season includes outdoor concerts at venues across the eastern part of the state, and often includes a rotation at Boston's famous Hatch Shell on the Esplanade.

A not-for-profit community organization, the Middlesex Concert Band has been active in the Greater Boston area for over 55 years. Musicians interested in joining the Middlesex Concert Band are encouraged to visit the website: www.MCBconcertband.org for more information. The group rehearses in Wakefield on Thursday evenings.

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