Weir River Concert Band to perform at Stone Church in Gilbertville



John P. Sacco will conduct a free outdoor concert by the Weir River Concert Band at 2 p.m. on June 27 at Stone Church, 283 Main Street (Route 32), Gilbertville, presented by Friends of the Stone Church.

The Weir River Concert Band is a multigenerational ensemble of over 30 members consisting of flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, horns, tubas and percussion. The band’s repertoire includes music from movies, TV favorites, and classics from traditional band music. Sunday’s concert will feature “Pearl Harbor Themes” to mark the tragic attack that brought the United States into World War II.

Sacco, an Air Force veteran, founded the group, formerly known as The Ware Community Band, in 2006 following budget cuts to public school music programs. Its mission is to bring people together through music.

People are welcome to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Tents for shade and refreshments will be available. Although face masks are not mandatory, unvaccinated people over the age of 5 are encouraged to wear masks in any setting where they are not socially distant.

Friends of the Stone Church is a non-profit community organization that seeks to preserve and protect the Gilbertville Stone Church and facilitate its use as a place of cultural and community enrichment.

The organization has a recently released program on YouTube featuring the concert “Silents Are Golden” by famous organist Peter Krasinski accompanying a screening of the 1924 film “Peter Pan”. The concert was scheduled and postponed to 2020 and recorded in 2021 at Stone Church without an audience. Krasinski was a frequent visitor to the church with performances and workshops. “Peter Pan” combines 1920s cinema with modern accompaniment on a 19th century pipe organ.

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