BATAVIA — The Batavia Concert Band will return to Centennial Park, 151 State St. for its 96th season of public concerts beginning June 22.
Performances will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday through August 3.
On June 22, there will be a special dedication of the Batavia Rotary Club-sponsored memorial sound system to longtime band member Bob Knipe. A concert on July 3 will feature soloist Dave Hollenbeck, as part of the Pam Frisby Memorial Concert Series. The July 29 concert will be conducted by Batavia native and resident Joshua Pacino, a music teacher at Notre Dame High School.
There will be giveaways and special raffles every week, including new raffles.
In the event of rain, concerts will move to the Stuart Steiner Theater at the Genesee Community College Center for the Arts, 1 College Rd., Batavia.
John Bailey, instrumental music teacher at the Pembroke Central School District, returns for his ninth season as a conductor.
The Batavia Concert Band‘s repertoire has something for everyone: marches, big band and swing numbers, popular songs from musicals and movies, rock favourites, classic adaptations and everything in between. both.
The band is made up of 45-55 brass, woodwind and percussionists, ranging from talented high school students to 60-year-old veterans. Many have professional experience, others are experienced amateur musicians, but they all love to play!
The organization is under the leadership of General Manager Jason Smith, along with a group of officers and a board led by President Bob Conrad.
Founded in the early 1920s, the Batavia Concert Band has brought musical enjoyment to the region every year except WWII and 2020 during COVID.
The concerts are supported and funded in part by platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors. Individuals or businesses interested in supporting the band should contact a member of the band at any concert.