Band festival returns with more than 600 musicians

LAKE GEORGE Bring a chair, bring a friend, bring an ear! The Lake George Community Band will again be hosting a Community Band Festival this July 19-22. The festival organized and founded by the Lake George Community Band is the third in as many years of musical performances by community bands from four Northeastern states and Canada.

Over 600 musicians are expected to participate in 18 bands that are scheduled to perform lakeside at the Shepard Park Amphitheater. The event is rain or shine. Rain venue is the Lake George High School gymnasium, north on Canada Street.

The festival begins Thursday evening at 8 p.m. with a performance by the Lake George Community Band followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Friday, beginning at 6 p.m., the stage comes alive again featuring a Dixieland band, a German band, a concert band, as well as a unique trombone ensemble.

The main event begins Saturday with performances beginning at 11:30 a.m. and continuing hourly with the last performance at 8:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

A highlight of the festival will occur Saturday at 4:30 p.m., as participants from all the bands will join for a "Mass All Band" performance, with LGCB's Director Greg Mason conducting.

Sunday's event begins at 10 a.m., and features the sounds of a jazz band, followed by a sax quartet, and performances by a concert band and a community band as the festival comes to a close at 2 p.m.

Musical selections ranging from jazz, to Broadway and Hollywood show pieces, patriotic standards, marches and pop hit music can be heard.

The festival is free and open to the public so come and enjoy bands playing music under the blue skies, green trees, and reflections of the mountains glistening on the lake in an aire reminiscent to turn-of-the-century "concerts in the park." For more information visit www.lakegeorgecommunityband.com and click on Festival.

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