By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
MELBOURNE -- Take a journey to a by-gone era with the Melbourne Municipal Band, as it presents "Pioneers and Cowboys" on Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Melbourne Auditorium.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. on both nights, with pre-show entertainment provided by MMB's Sunshine Brass Quintet. The concerts are free and no tickets are required.
"I had a request from several members of the band to play 'The Cowboys' by John Williams sometime this season," said Staci Cleveland, conductor. "Then, I found a piece by Frank Ticheli called 'San Antonio Dances,' which I fell in love with. So the Western theme grew out of those two pieces."
Mrs. Cleveland said that the Melbourne Municipal Band always looks for interesting themes to tie its concerts together, and that, sometimes, one or two pieces of music will inspire the theme of its next concert.
In addition to "The Cowboys" and "San Antonia Dances," Mrs. Cleveland will lead the Melbourne Municipal Band, as it performs "Western Folk Mark," "March Lone Star" and much more. Soloist Frank Tuckweiler will play "Beautiful Colorado" on the alto sax, and the Space Coast Young Marines will sing "America the Beautiful" and the "Armed Forces Medley."
Concert attendees will also have the opportunity to walk away with some great raffle prizes on both nights. The prize on Nov. 13 is two vouchers, donated by the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, while the prize on Nov. 14 is two vouchers, donated by the Melbourne Chamber Music Society. Vouchers are good for any performance.
The Melbourne Municipal Band, which is now in its 49th season of providing free concerts to the community, is excited to bring the American West to life.
"Audiences always tell me, 'You look like you're having so much fun up there,' and that is true," Mrs. Cleveland said. "The band is a real part of this community, and its members love playing together. It is hard to watch people having so much fun together without having a good time yourself. These performances will be two awesome nights of entertainment at an unbeatable price -- free!"
The Melbourne Municipal Band will host "Pioneers and Cowboys" on Wednesday, Nov. 13 and Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Melbourne Auditorium. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. both nights.
The concert is free, and tickets are not required.
The Melbourne Auditorium is located at 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 724-0555 or visit www.melbournemunicipalband.org.