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Lehighton Band presents concert

Published June 11. 2019 12:57PM

The Lehighton Band will present its first of three Summer Concerts Under the Stars at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Lehighton Park Amphitheater.

It will feature traditional band music, but in addition will combine band music with vocalists for an entertaining evening.

The concert will open with Jack Stamp’s version of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

That will be followed by the band’s opening march, “The Melody Shop,” by Karl King.

The band will then perform a concert piece called “The Good Old USA,” with many songs that define American music including “Bicycle Built for Two,” “The Surrey With The Fringe On Top,” “In My Merry Oldsmobile,” “Seventy Six Trombones,” “This Land is Your Land,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” and “Mary’s a Grand Old Name.”

The band will then take you back to 1954 with “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” a hit from Bill Hailey and the Comets.

The next portion of the concert will feature the band’s vocal soloists.

The first soloist will be Amy Shelly, who plays keyboard percussion in the band, and will perform “Over The Rainbow” from “The Wizard of Oz.”

The second soloist will be Joseph Plechavy III, who will perform Gershwin’s “Someone To Watch Over Me.”

Following his solo, he will join Shelly and sing “The Prayer,” a duet made famous by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli.

The band will then perform another Karl King march, “Pan American,” before moving on to a lyrical piece of music called “Shepherd’s Song,” followed by a medley called “The Sixties.”

The band will then move on to “Baby Elephant Walk,” arranged by John Moss, followed by “Remember Me,” from the Disney/Pixar movie Coco.

The band will close with John Philip Sousa’s “High School Cadets” march.

The concert is free. Free will donations will be accepted.

Two more outdoor summer concerts are being planned for July and August. Due to the potential upgrade of the upper Lehighton Park, the venue will be announced as soon as it is known.

Details will be announced in the Times News, and the Lehighton Band’s Facebook page.

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