The Lee County Community Band will perform its fourth concert of the season on Sunday, February 13 at Cape Coral High School. The 3 p.m. program features Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Fillmore's Lassus Trombone.
Additional concerts this season will be on March 13 and April 10 at Cape Coral High School at 3 p.m., and as always, free of charge. Cape Coral High School is at 2300 Santa Barbara Boulevard.
The well-known 1812 Overture was written by Russian composer Peter Ilyitch Tchaikovsky in 1880 to commemorate Russia's defense of Moscow against Napoleon's army at the Battle of Borodino. The overture debuted in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in August of 1882.
The second piece, Lassus Trombone, is one of 15 novelty tunes in "The Trombone Family" that U.S. composer Henry Fillmore wrote between 1908 and 1929. This ragtime piece features trombone "smears," or slides from lower notes to higher ones. The slide trombone was one of several instruments Fillmore mastered as a child - including piano, guitar, violin and flute - but he had to play the trombone in secret because his conservative religious father believed it was an uncouth and sinful instrument. Fillmore began composing music at age 18.
Led by conductor Richard Bradstreet, with emcee Norman Jones, the 45-member band will play several other familiar numbers as well, including Hands Across the Sea, by John Philip Sousa; Embraceable You, by George Gershwin; Tribute to Irving Berlin, arranged by Warren Barker; Triumphal March, from Verdi's "Aida"; and Man of La Mancha, arranged by Frank Erickson.
Lee County Community Band celebrates its 126th anniversary this year. The band is part of the adult education program of Lee County Schools. Its members, many of whom are career musicians, have been associated with more than 100 music organizations from across the United States, Canada and the rest of the world. The band welcomes new members. For more information, visit www.leecountyband.org or phone Norman Jones at 995-2097.