Presented by Dallas Wind Symphony.
Thrill to a stirring crescendo of musical delights and neon nights. Revel in this year’s Starlight Band Concerts, presented by the Dallas Wind Symphony in the dazzling art deco Fair Park Band Shell that dates back to the 1936 Texas State Fair Centennial. Sit back and enjoy a menu of show tunes, classics, waltzes or even swing, with a little spring breeze on the side.
The family-friendly Starlight Band Concerts, while coordinated by the Dallas Wind Symphony, exclusively feature community bands from all over the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. According to Kim Campbell, Executive Director of the DWS, “The Metroplex has the largest collection of community bands per capita in the entire country, and we are proud to showcase several at a time. Each has a different and exciting personality.”
The sounds of many towns and cities.
So just what is a community band? “Musicians who get together to play for their towns and cities as an official yet all-volunteer ensemble, complete with director,” explains Mr. Campbell. “Some have played professionally or semi-pro; others play because they loved doing so in high school or college.” Local bands include the Frisco Community Band, Carrollton Wind Symphony and the Town North Concert Band.
The 4th annual series of Starlight Band Concerts will be held on the Saturdays of April 14, 21 and 28, as well as May 5, 12 and 19. The program starts at 7:30 p.m.; admission is just $5 and concessions are available. Bring a picnic supper, light jacket, good friends and anyone who loves a fun, inexpensive evening.
Three bands will perform each night, comprised of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Says Mr. Campbell, “We try to mix it up so different bands get to play with each other. But one thing is certain. There will be something for everyone’s musical tastes. At a given concert, you might hear Sousa marches, classical pieces and jazz.”
A band shell that will dazzle your senses.
No concert is complete without a light show, and the Fair Park Band Shell definitely delivers. A rainbow of neon light combinations surround the audience with art deco imagery.
Forget ho-hum Saturday nights. Catch a Starlight Band Concert or two this spring for a sights and sounds extravaganza that’ll have you humming!
For more information on the Starlight Band Concerts presented by the Dallas Wind Symphony, call 214-565-WIND or visit Dallas Wind Symphony web site.