The weather looked gloomy on June 30th but that did not stop the success of the first free gazebo concert sponsored by the Jefferson Arts Committee. This concert featured the Jefferson Township Community and Jazz Bands conducted by Peter Tummillo.
The concert kicked off with a performance from the community jazz band from 7 to 8 p.m. The set list of songs was: Star Spangled Banner, Route 66, Make Me Smile, 720 in the Books, Rock a Bye Your Baby, You’re Nobody, Moonlight Serenade, Chattanooga Choo Choo, Minnie the Moocher, Sway, Almost Like Being, Hard Day’s Night, and Love is Here to Stay. Nancy Koch was a featured singer in multiple songs performed.
At 8 p.m. the Community Band began their performance and as soon as they moved toward the gazebo it was evident that this group was very large. Tummillo said they were experiencing “growing pains” as the group could no longer fit underneath the gazebo. The set list of songs for this group was: Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite, Tijuana Taxi, Latin Celebration, West Side Story, Armed Forces Salute, Amparito Roca, Miss Saigon, and John Williams. For the Armed Forces Salute, each branch of the military was saluted and for each song veterans of the branches were welcomed to stand.
The Community Band is always looking for anyone of any age or playing experience to join. Practices are on Monday nights and are a great opportunity for those interested in continuing their musical talents.
This free concert was the first in a series of gazebo concerts. The next concert will be on Friday, July 14 by the group Tequila Rose. The full schedule of concerts this summer can be found at www.jeffersonarts.org.