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Community Band Festival in Lake George this weekend

Trombonists of the Honeoye Falls Community Concert Band perform during the 2011 edition of the Lake George Festival of Community Bands.

Trombonists of the Honeoye Falls Community Concert Band perform during the 2011 edition of the Lake George Festival of Community Bands.

— About 500 musicians will be performing this weekend as the annual Lake George Festival of Community Bands is held in Shepard Park off Canada St..

The largest event of its kind in the northeastern U.S., the festival offers a series of free concerts Friday July 13 and Saturday july 14 in the park’s amphitheater. The festival is preceded by a performance at 8 p.m. Thursday July 12 by the Lake George Community Band, which is hosting the festival.

The festival offers performances by community concert bands and ensembles from neighboring states and Canada. Bands from as far away as Ottawa-Ontario and Pointe-Claire, Quebec, Canada will join those from Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont and New York in performing music.

Selections include Broadway show tunes, Hollywood movie themes, orchestral works, patriotic and classic marches, and jazz and swing selections.

Friday’s performances begin at 6 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m. Saturday has a long roster of performances, beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m..

The rain venue is Lake George High School on Canada Street.

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Trombonists of the Honeoye Falls Community Concert Band perform during the 2011 edition of the Lake George Festival of Community Bands.

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