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BATAVIA – After being absent last year due to COVID, the Batavia Concert Band will be back for its 95th year of public concerts in the Batavia Centennial Park.

Every concert is different. The Batavia Concert Band’s repertoire has something for everyone: marches, big band and swing numbers, popular songs from musicals and movies, favorite rock tracks, classic adaptations and everything in between.

Returning for his eighth season as conductor, John Bailey, professor of instrumental music at Pembroke Central School. The June 30 concert will be conducted by Joshua Pacino, native and resident of Batavia.

The group consists of 45 to 55 brass, woodwind and percussion players, ranging from talented high school students to 60-year-old veterans.

The concerts are supported and partially funded by GO ART !, local businesses, program advertisers and individual sponsors. The Resurrection Parish of Batavia donated a rehearsal space at St. Mary’s Church.

The group also sponsors 50 to 50 raffles at each concert, bake sale and other fundraisers.

The concerts will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays June 23, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21, July 28 and August 4. The place of the rain will be the Batavia City Center on Main Street.

There will be memorial concerts in honor of former band members Bob Knipe, Neil Hartwick, Dave Funston and Gary Bird, and long-time Batavia Concert Band volunteer John Arent.

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