Baldwinsville Community Band will perform a variety of musical selections to celebrate the band’s 35th anniversary at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 16. The concert concludes the year-long Presbyterian Church’s 200th Anniversary Celebration. The event is free, open to the public, and held in the church’s air-conditioned Education Center at 64 Oswego St., one block north of the village four corners. There will be birthday cake and ice cream for all in attendance.
In December of 1979, Baldwinsville band teacher Phillip Sterling founded the Baldwinsville Community Band to give adult instrumental musicians a group with which to perform. The band performs classical and modern music, marches, medleys, seasonal music and show tunes. Funding for the band is by dues ($10) and donations. The band has 501(c)(3) tax status and all donations are tax deductible.
Rehearsals are held September through May on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at Ray Middle School in Baldwinsville. There are no auditions and new players are always welcome.
Band membership is open to any musician of high school age or older. The present membership is about 60 players, ranging in age from 20 to 80 plus, and includes more than 20 founding members. In addition to Baldwinsville residents, members come from Camillus, Canastota, Chittenango, Cicero, Clay, Fulton, Liverpool, Manlius, North Syracuse, Phoenix and Syracuse.
The band plays about 15 one-hour concerts a year, including a Memorial Day commemoration, summer outdoor concerts at area parks and gathering places, ice cream socials at nursing homes, a Veterans’ Day concert and Christmas performances. The band does not charge for performances, but will accept donations to defray costs. Performances are generally scheduled on Wednesdays as this is their regular rehearsal night.