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Community band festival returns to Shepard Park

LAKE GEORGE - Shepard Park will host its fifth annual community band festival Thursday through Saturday July 16 to 18, with 11 concert bands from the northeast U.S. and Canada. The event features about 500 musicians from communities from regions including Ottawa, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York.

The bands will be playing a variety of music styles including Broadway show tunes, movie themes, jazz, Dixieland, swing, and patriotic selections in the free concerts continuing over the weekend in Lake George.

Band members have varied musical backgrounds, represent many professions and range in age from 13 to 80 years. More than 500 musicians will be attending the event, including members of the Lake George Community Band.

In addition to the lineup of concert bands, the concert includes a Dixieland band, a saxophone quartet, and a trombone quintet.

The event opens July 16 with the Lake George Community Band's Thursday evening concert at 8 p.m., followed by Friday night's performances of ensembles from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday's events are held from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

A highlight of the festival will be the 3 p.m. Saturday performance of the concert's Mass Band, which features all the musicians performing together.

Now in its seventh season, the Lake George Community Band - host of the festival - continues under the baton of music director Greg Mason and numbers 80-plus members.

Rain location will be in the Lake George High School auditorium. The festival is free and open to the public. This event is made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York Sate Council on the Arts and from Warren County, through the Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council, as well as the Charles R. Wood Foundation, and The Town & Village of Lake George. For details, see www.lakegeorgecommunityband.com.

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