The Greater Windsor Concert Band celebrates its 25th anniversary

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The Greater Windsor Concert Band will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a concert that everyone can attend.

Today the band will perform “Our Silver Jubilee” hosted at the Serbian Center.

The concert will feature local talent like guitarist Mike McNamara and Bob Steele narrating the event.

The band is a non-profit, community-minded volunteer music group that performs year-round in places such as Reaume Park and has toured throughout Michigan, Nova Scotia and Australia. Prince Edward Island as musical ambassadors.

Ric Moor, founder and musical director of the Greater Windsor Concert Band, says he started the band because he wanted to do community service, as well as play music.

He says what crossed his mind on the occasion of the 25th anniversary.

“I mean all the ups and downs of starting a new organization and all the ups and downs. Fortunately, it’s mostly ups and downs and groundbreaking things that we’ve done. It’s kind of overwhelming.”

He tells how the band has changed over the past 25 years.

“We have a few members that started day one with us. It’s exciting. But it’s also exciting to have the group dynamic that has changed over the years. When I started the group, most members were older than me, now most of the members are a bit younger than me.”

He says it was difficult to choose a set list, but the band spared no expense for the gig.

“We have 25 years of great music. The concert, we pulled out all the stops. We spared no expense for this concert. We have a professional lighting company coming in. We have a sound company coming in for record the concert. We’ll be playing all kinds of different instruments.

The concert is a free event on Sunday, November 13 from 3 p.m.

All are welcome to join the Serbian Center located at 6770 Tecumseh Road East.

Donations will be gratefully accepted.

-with files from Rob Hindi of the AM800

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