Thursday, June 10, 2021

June 23 is First Concert of Season:
Batavia Concert Band plans concert series after year-long Covid absence

After being off last year due to COVID, the Batavia Concert Band will be returning for its 95th year of public concerts in Batavia’s Centennial Park. The Park is a 14-acre natural setting located in the north-central part of the City at 151 State Street. (For a map to Centennial Park, click on "read more" below.)

Each concert is different. The Batavia Concert Band repertoire has something for everyone: marches, big band and swing numbers, popular songs from musicals and movies, rock favorites, classical adaptations, and everything in-between. Returning for his eighth season as conductor is John Bailey, instrumental music teacher at Pembroke Central School. The June 30 concert will be conducted by Batavia native and resident Joshua Pacino.

The Band consists of 45 to 55 brass, 
woodwind and percussion players ranging from talented high school students to 60-year veterans. Concerts are supported and funded in part by GO ART!, local businesses, program advertisers, and individual patrons. Resurrection Parish of Batavia has donated rehearsal space at St. Mary’s Church. The band also sponsors 50-50 raffles at every concert, bake sales, and other fundraisers.

Concerts will be held 7 p.m. Wednesdays on June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28, and Aug. 4. The rain venue will be the Batavia City Centre on Main Street. There will be Memorial Concerts in honor of former band members Bob Knipe, Neil Hartwick, Dave Funston and Gary Bird, and long-time Batavia Concert Band volunteer John Arent.

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