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Great Music Celebrated by The 2017 Liberty Classic Community Band Festival!

If you love concert band music, the Repasz Band once again hosts the 8th annual Liberty Classic Community Band Festival with a free public concert Sunday, October 22nd at 1:30 pm at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport. Fast becoming Williamsport’s own nationally known community band, this festival is a gathering and celebration of some

If you love concert band music, the Repasz Band once again hosts the 8th annual Liberty Classic Community Band Festival with a free public concert Sunday, October 22nd at 1:30 pm at the Community Arts Center in Williamsport. Fast becoming Williamsport’s own nationally known community band, this festival is a gathering and celebration of some of the world’s best concert band music, by committed life-long musicians from across the country and directed by one of the world’s truly outstanding and legendary bandmasters!

Under the baton of internationally known and respected veteran bandmaster, Colonel Arnald D. Gabriel, USAF Band (retired), the festival band will open their concert with the nationally standard arrangement of “The Star Spangled Banner” arranged by George Werle. This year’s repertoire includes the Defenders of Liberty by J.C. Lentini, Nabucco Overture by Verdi, March to the Scaffold by Berlioz, On a Hymnsong By Phillip Bliss by Holsinger, Canzoni D’ Amore by Robert Longfield, Norwegian March Valdres by Hanssen, Victor Herbert Favorites arranged by Lake, and Pines of the Appian Way by Respighi.

The Liberty Classic Community Band Festival is hosted by Williamsport’s historic Repasz Band, a community force here since 1831. Its purpose is to provide “outstanding musical experiences for dedicated musicians and to enrich the lives of those who share our love for performing the highest quality band literature. The Festival is designed to nurture and promote community appreciation for music, while providing quality music performances for and on behalf of the residents of the City of Williamsport and the surrounding communities.”

The Festival is a three-day event from October 20th through October 22th, 2017, replete with rehearsals, social occasions, banquet, and a grand public concert. Rehearsals and social occasions will be located at the Genetti Hotel & Suites throughout the event. The concert for this Festival is free and open to the public at the Community Arts Center, 220 West 4th Street, Williamsport.

The event coordinator is area native and retired Williamsport Area School District music teacher, Mrs. Judith Shellenberger, who is coincidentally not only business manager of the Repasz Band itself, but is also the past President of the global Association of Concert Bands, “the international voice of community bands”. More information about the ACB is available on-line at http://www.acbands.org. The festival is gratified to have a person of such preeminent scope, exemplary experience, and breadth of knowledge and networking at the helm that has insured the success of this event from its origins.

More information, history, performance schedule, and much more on The Repasz Band can be found on its website: http://www.repaszband.org.

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