Our first concert at Mowry Park In Greenwich, NY, was well attended tonight, a beautiful evening that made up for being rained out the previous night in Cambridge. (Watch for a possible rain date for Cambridge later this summer.)
The band is excited to welcome nine new high school musicians from Salem and Greenwich for our 2019 summer concert season. The band now has more than 60 members! (First row: Gabe Gallagher, Josephine Monder, Lucinda Monder; middle row: Abby Done, Lily Gallagher, Lillian Butler; back row: Brian Wells and Sage Beagle)
Captain Paul Kafer and crew!
By Liz Schafer, Editor of the Vermont News Guide, email@example.com
Last night, I sat with a small group of people outside the Library in Pawlet to listen to the Washington County Band. I had missed their recent appearance at the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, generously sponsored by the Lions Club, and was thrilled to have another opportunity so close to home. Having never seen them before, and heard only praise for their performances in the area, I had expected the usual fare presented by any decent concert band – but it turned out to be a transcendent experience, with a varied selection of music performed by a talented group of volunteer performers, directed – or more aptly, choreographed – by Geoffrey Gee, who clearly loves what he does. The experience was definitely a high point for what has been for me a fairly unremarkable summer, measured more by the results of my labors outdoors than for its recreational pursuits.
As the light began to dim, we looked up to see dozens of bats spill from the air vent atop the stately old Library behind the band. I wondered what kind of bats they were; could they be the Little Brown Bats whose populations were almost devestated by White Nose Syndrome a few years ago? I imagined that the Library Board must know of their presence, and were willing to provide them habitat. At least, I hope so. It was reassuring to see them there, to know that thousands of mosquitos would be consumed over the next few hours; it meant there would be fewer to victimize me as I work in my backyard. It also caused me to reflect on how every living thing on this earth is dependent upon every other, not only to survive but to thrive.
In a world which lately seems to have gone awry, we need to treasure the passion of the artist, the camaraderie of neighbors sharing a small patch of grass on a summer’s evening, the kindness of those who recognize, accept and nurture. We need to embrace our commonality with all of life. Because we are not alone; we need each other.
We are finishing our first month of rehearsals and have been working on some great pieces, including Holst’s Second Suite for Military Band, selections from “1776” and “West Side Story” and Mancini Magic (think Pink Panther and the Elephant Walk). Thanks to our directors Geoffrey Gee and Joe Szabo. It’s shaping up to be a wonderful concert season!
Most of the snow has melted now, and in less than a month we will be starting up our rehearsals for the summer season! Our first rehearsal is Tuesday, May 2, 7 pm, at the United Presbyterian Church in Salem.
It’s mid-March and Washington County is digging out from two feet of snow, but our thoughts are already turning toward summer. We have an exciting concert season coming up and have room in our schedule for a few more events. Rehearsals start the beginning of May. Many of us have been playing in other bands and ensembles over the winter. We are looking forward to our best summer ever!