By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- The Community Band of Brevard will kick off the 2014 concert season with hits from the Great White Way, as it hosts "The Golden Age of Broadway."
The free concert, featuring a range of beloved show tunes from the apex of American musical theater history, is Sunday, Sept. 8, at Merritt Island High School Auditorium and begins at 3 p.m.
"Our board meets on a regular basis and makes suggestions for upcoming concert themes, often calling upon past concerts that we have performed," said Marion Scott, conductor. "There happens to be a great selection of band arrangements for many of the Broadway classics in our library, and it had been a while since our last Broadway-themed concert."
A popular theme for the band membership, the Community Band of Brevard will perform selections from a wide range of Broadway's Golden Age hits, including "My Fair Lady," "South Pacific," "The King and I," "Guys and Dolls" and much more.
Broadway's Golden Age is considered to be between the 1940s and 1960s.
"Certainly the number of Broadway shows that quickly became popular with audiences has a lot to do with it," Mr. Scott said. "Many of these popular shows were made into movie musicals that further increased their appeal."
Mr. Scott continued, saying that he doubts there are but a handful of folks in their senior years, who haven't either seen a Broadway show in person or attended a movie version of the show in their youth.
When asked what some of his favorite pieces were that will be performed at Sunday's show, he laughed.
"Can I pick all?" Mr. Scott asked jokingly. "There are truly some great arrangements for concert band that feature the whole ensemble."
Mr. Scott said that, as conductor, he enjoys the different rhythms and styles of music, from swing and blues in "American in Paris," to romping cockney dances in "My Fair Lady" and regal marches from "The King and I."
"You can't help but appreciate the breadth of it all," Mr. Scott added.
"These Broadway shows are a part of Americana and almost all of the tunes and melodies are familiar to our audience," Mr. Scott said. "Our hope is that the music will bring back fond memories of attending a show or being at a movie with someone special."
With a smile, Mr. Scott said that he can guarantee that the Community Band of Brevard's audience will leave the concert humming one or more of the tunes.
The Community Band of Brevard will host "The Golden Age of Broadway" concert on Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Merritt Island High School Auditorium. The show begins at 3 p.m.
The concert is free, with no ticket required and no reserved seating.
Merritt Island High School is located at 100 Mustang Way, just off of N. Courtenay Parkway. Merritt Island.
For more information, contact the Community Band of Brevard at (321) 725-9191 or visit www.CommunityBandofBrevard.org.