By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Mark your calendars for Wednesday, Aug. 6 and Thursday, Aug. 7, as the Melbourne Municipal Band presents its "Water Music" concerts.
The two shows, which is the last of this summer's "Not in the Park" concert series, will be hosted at the Melbourne Auditorium. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the concerts beginning at 6:30 p.m.
Joining the Melbourne Municipal Band will be guest conductors Dr. Daniel Bolin, associate professor of music at the Jordan College of the Arts at Butler University in Indiana, and Commander Allen Beck, who was the seventh leader of the United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C.
"When Commander Beck was asked to join Dr. Bolin this summer for the concert, they realized how many compositions had been written that relate to water," said Dave Hutson, president of the MMB Board of Trustees. "With Commander Beck being a retired director of the U.S. Navy Band, it seemed to be a natural theme."
The two guest conductors will lead the MMB on both nights, as they play a range of music, including "Blue Danube Waltz," "South Pacific," "Flying Dutchman Overture" and "Anchors Aweigh."
Like the other "Not in the Park" concerts, guests will enjoy long tables, rather than traditional concert seating, where they can bring along picnic dinners. Ice, drinks and snacks will also be available for purchase.
"Dan Bolin and Allen Beck are two extremely talented conductors, who bring their individual styles to the podium," Mr. Hutson said. "The MMB musicians thrive and grow when playing under these conductors."
Mr. Hutson added that the MMB greatly enjoys playing the "Not in the Park" picnic concerts, saying that the informal atmosphere puts the musicians and the audience in a "picnic"-frame of mine -- minus the ants.
"This is our last concert before we begin our 50th anniversary season in September," Mr. Hutson said. "We're ending the summer season with the deluge. Water, water everywhere!"
The Melbourne Municipal Band will host "Water Music" on Wednesday, Aug. 6 and Thursday, Aug 7 at the Melbourne Auditorium.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 6:30 p.m.
The Melbourne Auditorium is located at 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd., Melbourne.
For more information, call (321) 724-0555 or visit www.MelbourneMunicipalBand.org.