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Concert at Staunton Fine Arts and Crafts Fair — 9/18/16

Don’t miss the band’s concert as part of the Staunton Fine Arts and Crafts Fair in Staunton’s Duda Park. The concert will take place at 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 18. We’re very pleased to be part of the festival and hope everyone will come out and enjoy us and the other musical and artistic presentations.

(Band members should check the rehearsal calendar)

Sad farewell to “Rosie”

Dear band members and band fans:

It is with great sadness that I must report the passing of our longest-serving band member, Darwin “Rosie” Rosenthal. One of the great privileges of being the band’s director (itself a privilege) is the chance to get to know each of you over time. Rosie set a great example for all of us in terms of dependability, being on time and dedication to the band. I can say for certain that if RosieĀ  missed a rehearsal or a concert it was because he was physically unable to make it or he needed to care for his wife. What a great band ethic he set for everyone. In the last year or two his sound got a bit fainter but his dedication never wavered. I’d like to challenge all the band members to work as hard and be as dedicated as Rosie.

Had he made it with us another season, it would have been his 75th year in the band. Nevertheless, there are few people who can lay claim to dedicating themselves to 74 years of anything.

Thanks, Rosie. We’re really going to miss you.

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July 9 Concert in Staunton!

Tonight’s concert will be great fun with the theme, “Classics of Different Stripes.” We’ll perform a number of popular light classical works as well as some pop classics that you won’t want to miss. Come on out to downtown Staunton at the bandstand behind the Staunton Public Library. The concert is free, family friendly and lots of fun, especially with the homespun humor by our announcer, Jolly John Fassero. Members of the band are local people, good players and range in age from teens to octogenarians! Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and even a picnic if you like. We’re looking forward to seeing you!

Our Staunton concert series is jointly supported by the City of Staunton, First National Bank in Staunton and the Music Performance Trust Fund of the American Federation of Musicians, Local 88. We’d like to give a hearty thanks to all of our sponsors.

Staunton Concert Series 2015 Begins July 2nd!

This week, the Heritage Community Band kicks off its 2015 Staunton concert series. The July 2nd concert features a widely varied program that includes music commemorating Independence Day. If you’ve never attended any of our fun summer concerts, why not try it this week?

Our Staunton concerts are presented on the stage behind the Staunton Public Library and begin at 7:30 PM. All concerts are family friendly and free of charge. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on and picnic if you like. Our band is made up of musicians from Staunton and surrounding communities. This year’s concerts in Staunton will occur on July 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30. Come on out for an evening of music and humor. Our Staunton concert series is co-sponsored by the City of Staunton, First National Bank in Staunton and Musicians Local #88. Our conductor is SIUE Professor Darryl Coan and our emcee is jolly John Fassero.

Wanting to play in the Heritage Community Band?

If you’re a local musician who would like to be in the Heritage Community Band, please contact the director using the contact form on this website (see menu above). You may come to the first rehearsal on April 15th and sit in with the band so the director can determine your playing level and so you can see if you like it. We may be in need of a clarinet player or two, a bassoon and perhaps some other instruments. The best thing to do is contact the director and come to the first couple of rehearsals.