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The Northeast’s Largest Community Band Festival Is This Weekend

The Lake George Community Band’s 2016 Summer Concert Series occurs every Thursday evening through August 4 in Shepard Park. On July 15 & 16, the Concert Series will be highlighted by the 12th Annual Lake George Community Band Festival, recognized as the largest of its kind in the Northeastern United States.

Photo Courtesy of the Lake George Community Band

The Community Band Festival will feature bands from the Northeastern U.S. as well as Canada. A wide range of genres and music selections will be covered, including jazz, motion picture themes, TV and Broadway show tunes, patriotic marches, and so much more.

While the Lake George Community Band’s weekly Thursday performance will still go on, the festival will officially begin Friday night, July 15. There will be three jazz bands, with the first starting at 5:30PM.

In order of appearance:

  1. Ballston Spa Community Jazz Band – Ballston Spa, NY
  2. Big Band Ottawa – Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  3. Center Stage Jazz Band – Plainville, CT

On Saturday, July 16, the festival will begin earlier with opening remarks at 10:45AM. Bands will take the stage starting at 11:00AM, and a new group will perform every hour. A short break will occur from 5:00PM-5:30PM. Following that, more bands will perform throughout the night.

In order of appearance:

  1. Buffalo Niagara Concert Band – Buffalo, NY
  2. Simsbury Community Band – Simsbury, CT
  3. Phoenix Community Band – Phoenix, NY
  4. Plainville Wind Ensemble – Plainville, CT
  5. Concert Band of Kanata – Kanata, Ontario, Canada
  6. Nepean Concert Band – Nepean, Ontario, Canada
  7. Ballston Spa Community Band – Ballston Spa, NY
  8. Honeoye Falls Community Concert Band – Honeoye Falls, NY
  9. Lake George Community Band – Lake George, NY

Near the end of the evening, don’t miss a special combined performance by the Lake George Community Band and the Honeoye Falls Community Concert Band. The two bands will share the stage and perform Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture; the performance will be accompanied by cannon sounds.

The free two-day Community Band Festival will take place at the Shepard Park Amphitheater in Lake George Village. Don’t forget to bring a chair!