Have you ever noticed how much better food tastes outdoors like at a picnic? Music is the same way! Trust me on this. With that in mind, after an incredibly successful regular season the Central Kentucky Concert Band is pleased to announce the commencement of its Summer Concert Series. This series always features a great variety of musical genres from patriotic to popular to include some classical and jazzy selections. The band will open the season on June 14 at 4 p.m. at the Lexington Veterans Medical Center grounds 2250 Leestown Road where it will give a little back to our veterans who have given so much to us.
The series will continue on July 5th at 7 p.m. where the band will be the guest of the Garden Club of Kentucky which is always a great time! Come see the band at the exquisitely manicured gardens of the historic Wallis House, 616 Pleasant Street in beautiful Paris that day.
Concluding their series for the summer, the band will be sponsored by the Friends of the Arboretum and will perform al fresco in the midst of the gently rolling hundred acres of the University of Kentucky’s Arboretum on July 11 at 7:30 p.m. (NOTE new time for July 11 concert!) Please note that while Alumni Drive is under construction you can get to the Arboretum from Alumni Drive on the Tates Creek side.
The band’s conductor, Ben Hawkins, and associate conductor, Les Anderson, will be leading the band on June 14 and will head out for much-deserved vacations afterward. In their place, the band is excited to welcome Chief Warrant Officer Gregory Stepp, the conductor of the 202nd Army Band of the National Guard as guest conductor for the July concerts. HOOAH! Welcome, CWO Stepp!
As always, the band’s concerts are free and open to all!
—Mark Mitchell, CKCB PR Manager