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2015 Summer Series of Concerts hugely successful at 4 upvalley locations

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fathers Day - June 21st - was celebrated in the rose garden at Silverado Orchards Retirement Community as Saint Helena Community Band commenced its 2015 Series of Summer concerts. Full band music resounded in the amphitheater-like rose garden for the full house audience to finally accomplish the longtime hope of SORC and SHCB concert visionaries. Featured soloist Kathi Brotemarkle's debut performance with the Band graced the evening with 3 lovely selections that added a special personal touch to memories of days gone by for everyone.

The Thursday, June 25 Musical Picnic in Lyman Park continued and expanded the musical celebration of summer for the upvalley community with two hours of musical delight at this longtime chamber series. This concert featured another favorite local vocalist, Katie Hopgood, whose debut performance wowed the many picnicking families and friends enjoying the musical evening in the downtown park.

Sunday, June 28th's appearance on the Yountville Community Center plaza brought the Band's musical celebration southward to another appreciative audience. Highlights of the concert were Kathi Brotemarkle's crowd-pleasing performance, along with the beloved Stars and Stripes Forever kickoff for the Fourth of July celebration to come.

On Friday, July 3rd, SHCB ventured northward to the CHS Band Camp and Independence Day celebrations in Calistoga's Pioneer Park on Cedar near Spring Street. A good showing of picnickers on blankets and lawn chairs around the gazebo warmly welcomed the more than 40 piece combined ensemble of musicians. The 11 Band Camp music students with their coaches played the first 3 numbers learned during the week before being joined by SHCB for 2 closing numbers. It's a joy to see these young music lovers take so well to founder, Nina Pedersen's, week long summer learning experience. Each year's concerts show how much fun music making can be with immediate results of the performances applauded by the audience.

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