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Potsdam Community Band kicking off fifth season on April 28

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POTSDAM—The fifth season of the Potsdam Community Band under the baton of Theresa Witmer will kick off on April 28 with the first of three informal “reading sessions” of music that could be performed on the group’s two planned concerts this summer.

Reorganized in 2010 after a two decade hiatus, Potsdam Community Band is an organization of 50-80 musicians who come together to rehearse and perform classic and contemporary wind band literature for the pure pleasure of making music. Players of all ages, all walks of life and intermediate to professional-level playing ability form the group.

The band typically performs two to three public concerts a year in the summer and in January. Director Witmer strives to strike a healthy balance between playing “just for the fun of it”, and preparing a high-quality concert program that all the players can be proud of and audiences of all ages will enjoy.

The first reading session will be held at 7 p.m. April 28 in the Potsdam High School band room. Sessions 2 and 3 will be held May 12 and May 19.

“Reading sessions are a no pressure, no commitment opportunity to play new music and just have a good time,” according to Witmer. “We always welcome new players into the band and the reading sessions are a great way for a potential player to test-drive the group and see if it’s right for them.”

Any adult who plays a band instrument is welcome to attend any of the reading sessions with no obligation to attend regular rehearsals, which start in June and culminate with a performance during the Potsdam Summer Festival. Players who want to perform on the concert must be willing to attend at least three of six rehearsals, including the dress rehearsal July 7, and do whatever practicing is necessary at home to prepare for the concert. High school students are welcome to join with parental permission and a note from the student’s band instructor. A second summer concert is tentatively scheduled for July 24 in Massena.

For more information on Potsdam Community Band, contact personnel manager Ron Berry at 265-2883 or visit the website www.potsdamband.org or the Potsdam Community Band Facebook page. Questions can also be emailed to potsdamcommunityband@gmail.com.

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