Big Band Extravaganza

Paul Rigolini plays the French horn with the Community Band of Brevard, which will kick off its 35th season with ‘Big Band Extravaganza’ at 3 p.m. Sept. 8 at Merritt Island High School.

MERRITT ISLAND – The Community Band of Brevard is celebrating the start of its 35th anniversary season with an extravaganza – a “Big Band Extravaganza” featuring audience favorites from over the years.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8 at Merritt Island High School’s auditorium, 100 Mustang Way off North Courtenay Parkway.

Admission is free and no ticket is required.

Conductor Marion Scott will lead the band in playing musical arrangements of works by Henry Mancini and George Gershwin, along with tribute medleys to Dave Brubeck, Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra.

“Throughout our 35 seasons, the music of the Big Bands and the Swing Era have always been a favorite with both the audience and our musicians,” said Mike Freeman, the band’s publicity manager and spokesperson.

“This music was written for bands very similar to our own, and therefore always sounds just right,” added Mr. Freeman, who is also a flute and piccolo player in the band.

Founded as a way to provide adult musicians with performing opportunities, much of the band’s success to this point is due to its loyal audience, as well as its ability to keep concerts free and membership open to those interested in playing, Mr. Freeman noted.

“We’ve managed to keep our concerts free and open to the public, relying solely on donations to cover our expenses,” Mr. Freeman said.

“We are an all volunteer organization—every dollar contributes to our ability to stage the next concert,” Mr. Freeman continued. “As musicians, we want to play well and perform in front of an appreciative and supportive audience. This magical relationship between the Band and the Community has worked thus far.”

Mr. Freeman also pointed out that six or seven of the group’s original musicians, as well as founder and conductor Marion Scott, are still with the group today.

“We have the sons and daughters of early members of the Band playing with us now,” Mr. Freeman added.

Also of note, the band launched a new website last month.

To learn more, visit or call (321) 258-5580.

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