Season Finale 2017

Two clarinets rehearsing with Lakeland Concert BandOur Season Finale concert will be presented on Sunday, April 2 at the Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College. Doors open at 1:15, pre-show at 1:45 and the band concert begins at 2:30.

Our Season Finale will be chock full of classics — all sorts of classics.

Classic classics like the Finale to Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4:  the one that goes “daa-daa-dat-diddle-liddle-liddle-liddle-daa-dat-dat.”  Don’t recognize it? Come and hear for yourself!

We’ll also have a classic Italian song that you’ll definitely recognize, a lilting clarinet polka, a thunderous low brass feature, and some classic movie themes:  We’ll send you out in space with “2001: A Space Odyssey” and bring you back to earth with “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” And, of course, we’ll have classic marches from Sousa and Fillmore.

We hope you can join us!

 

St. Patrick’s Day Concert 2017

trombones playing with the Lakeland Concert BandOur St. Patrick’s Day concert will be presented on Sunday, March 5 at the Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College. Doors open at 1:15, pre-show at 1:45 and the band concert begins at 2:30.

Our concert will feature Irish songs, of course, with singer Ken Brady leading an old favorite. We’ll also have a very high trumpet solo by Richard Lake, an arrangement of the theme from “Carousel,” trombone smears, and so much more. Oh, and the band will sing …

Hope you can be there!

Valentine Concert 2017

 

cymbal and tuba player from Lakeland Concert BandOur next concert will be on Sunday, February 5 at the Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College. Doors open at 1:15, pre-show at 1:45 and the band concert begins at 2:30.

The concert will feature romantic songs for Valentine’s Day, including a selection with vocalist Liane Marshall Black. We will also have themes from “Oliver,” songs from The Beatles, a tuba feature, an exciting Latin-style march, and much more.

The pre-show features our very own Music Ambassadors dance band, with a preview of their dance on Friday, February 10.

We hope you can join us.

Winter Concert 2017

photo of trumpets from the Lakeland Concert BandOur next concert will be presented on Sunday, January 15 at the Youkey Theatre at The Lakeland Center.  Doors open at 1:30, pre-show at 1:45, and the band concert begins at 2:30.

Our Winter Concert celebrates Florida’s warm winter weather with music from other warm places — a song from The Jungle Book, Dixieland flourishes, and the theme from Lawrence of Arabia. We’ll also have an overture from the opera Semiramide, which is about a legendary woman from Assyria (pretty warm there sometimes too), a tribute to Gene Wilder, and much more.

Our pre-show features our very own Music Ambassadors dance band, providing a preview of their upcoming public dance.

We hope you can join us.

Christmas Concert 2016

French horn player at Lakeland Concert Band Christmas concertOur annual Christmas concert will be presented on Sunday, December 11 at the Youkey Theatre at The Lakeland Center. Doors open at 1:15, pre-show at 1:45, and the band concert begins at 2:30.

The concert features carols and other Christmas music in many different settings — from traditional to pop to jazz to Latin to Sousa (??) to movie western (???) — something for everyone. And the Grinch.

The pre-show will feature two treats. First, we’ll have the Licorice Sticks, a clarinet choir made up of members of the Band’s clarinet section. They perform holiday and other festive music at the Lakeland hospital and other venues. Second, The Fabulous Lady Z returns to our stage. Lady Z is a regular in the Lakeland music scene, as a solo vocalist and with groups including the Living” Large Jazz Duo, The Original Emotions, and the Memto Jazz/Blues/Standards Duo. Lady Z and singer Ken Brady will also join us in the concert.

child conducting Lakeland Concert Band at Christmas concertJoin us for traditional favorites and arrangements with a kick. Plus a chance for your kids and grandkids to join us on stage to direct the band!

We hope to see you there.

Our concert is dedicated to the memory of Ray Vaguener, a man of many talents, who played saxophone, flute and clarinet with the band and the Music Ambassadors for many years. We will miss him.

Patriotic Concert 2016


U.S. Army flag at Lakeland Concert Band's veterans' salute concert
We hope you will join us for the opening of our 38th season of music and fun for the Lakeland area.

We begin with our annual Salute to Veterans concert, which will be held on November 13, 2016 at the Youkey Theatre at The Lakeland Center.  Doors open at 1:30, pre-show at 1:45, and the band concert begins at 2:30.

The concert will feature patriotic songs of many kinds: military service marches, music from the World War II documentary TV series Victory at Sea, American folk songs, and more. We’ll also recognize the 50th anniversary of Star Trek.

Flags from the military services of the United States and Canada will be presented by the Honor Guard and other cadets from the Civil Air Patrol of Florida Unit 274.

Ken BradyThe pre-show will feature the return of singer Ken Brady. Ken was lead singer for The Casinos, a doo-wop group from Cincinnati. Their hit single “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” reached #6 in the Top 40. Ken performs in the central Florida area and nationwide.

Our concert is dedicated to the memory of Bruce Gillette, saxophone, and Rich Kantner, trombone. Bruce and Rich played with the band and the Music Ambassadors for many years. We will miss them!

In the lobby, cadets from the Florida Civil Air Patrol Unit 466 will be offering the purchase of wreaths that will be placed at the Florida National Cemetery in Bucknell, as part of the Wreaths Across America program.

Season Finale 2016

photo of drummers performing with the Lakeland Concert BandOur Season Finale concert will be presented on Sunday, April 3 at the Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College. Doors open at 1:15, pre-show at 1:45 and the band concert begins at 2:30.

The concert will feature music from The Eagles and Latin standards, Sousa marches and the Glenn Miller “St. Louis Blues” march, classical selections and a dancing frog. We’ll also have “Seventy-Six Trombones” and other great songs from “The Music Man”.

The pre-show presents Crystal Gage, a high-energy country music entertainer who performs over 200 shows per year at fairs, festivals, and other country music events all over North America.

St. Patrick’s Day Concert 2016

Clarinet players from the Lakeland Concert Band wearing silly St. Patrick's Day hatsOur St. Patrick’s Day concert will be presented on Sunday, March 20 at the Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College. Doors open at 1:15, pre-show at 1:45 and the band concert begins at 2:30.

Come share the luck o’ the Irish at our March concert — a reel, a jig, and some Irish eyes smiling. The concert will also feature songs from the musical “Damn Yankees” and a bit o’ Elvis. We will be joined by Liane Marshall Black, who brings her special style to a Gershwin tune.

We hope to have silly St. Patrick’s Day hats for the second half of the concert. And in the first half, we’ll be playing “Easter Parade,” so if you have a new (or old) Easter bonnet, bring it along so you can join the parade! So many hats!

The pre-show features the return of The Sentimental Journeymen, a barbershop-style chorus based in Winter Haven.

 

Valentine Concert 2016

saxesOur next concert will be presented on Sunday, February 14 at the Branscomb Auditorium at Florida Southern College. Doors open at 1:15, pre-show at 1:45 and the band concert begins at 2:30.

The concert will feature songs for your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day. We will also have themes from “The Lion King” and “West Side Story”, famous marches, and more.

Our special guest for the pre-show will be Rich Wilson. Rich is a former Las Vegas and Atlantic City entertainer who has shared the stage with artists such as Willie Nelson, Billy Ray Cyrus, Toby Keith, The Platters, and many more. His unique vocal stylings bring back fond memories of yesteryear as he performs songs by artists such as Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Dean Martin and more.

Winter Concert 2016

Trumpets performing Stars and Stripes ForeverThe Winter Concert will feature ballet music from several operas and songs from “The Phantom of the Opera.” We’ll also have music by The Association, a theme from “Star Wars,” a polka, and much more!

The pre-show will feature our very own Music Ambassadors of Swing dance band, as a preview for their upcoming public dance.