Capitol Sounds Concert Band turns 50 on October 23


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The Capitol Sounds Concert Band continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary with an October 23 appearance at St. James’s Church on Vaughn Road.

The 3 p.m. performance will take place after four weeks of preparation by the popular group, including an additional rehearsal just before the concert, said John Jackson, director of Sounds.

“The show will feature a variety of musical selections from Rossini, Sousa, Gershwin, a Broadway tribute and a medley of Armed Forces service songs to round out the program,” Jackson said.

The Broadway tribute will feature a medley of hits from some of Broadway’s biggest shows. “Songs like ‘Everything’s Coming Up Roses’ (Gypsy), ‘People’ (Funny Girl); ‘A clear day’; and ‘Try to Remember’ (The Fantasticks), to name a few, Jackson said.

The hour-long performance by the approximately 50-member group will include Michael Algarin, saxophone, who is a senior at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School. He will be featured on Gershwin’s “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” Jackson said.

Saint James Church is located at 9045 Vaughn Road. “Saint James has been a very supportive place for the Capitol Sounds since 2010,” Jackson said. “Sam Miller, who plays tuba in the band, is a member of Saint James Church and has led the charge to get the band to many gigs over the past 12 years. We greatly appreciate their support!

The Sounds were organized in 1972 and celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2022 with several concerts and performances.

Most of the musicians live in the river area, but some travel from the Birmingham area, as well as Auburn/Opelika and Troy, Jackson said.

Admission is free but donations are gladly accepted. The Capitol Sounds Concert Band is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization supported by the City of Montgomery Parks and Recreation Department.

“We are very grateful for the support of several people who have contributed to the group as we celebrate our 50th anniversary,” said Jackson, adding that donations primarily fund equipment for the group and its members, as well as other expenses. such as rental. and performance venue costs from time to time.

The Sounds has been under the management of Jackson since 2003. To find out how to join the Sounds, contact Jackson via “All instruments are welcome!” said Jackson.

In addition to musicians, volunteers are needed to help make appearances. “It takes a lot of people backstage to put on a gig and maintain operations with the band,” Jackson said. “Please visit our website to learn more about the band, including how to contribute/donate, as well as our performance schedule.”


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