It’s that time of the year again where we get to celebrate the best of the best, our mothers. It’s an annual rite of spring and one of my favorite events of the year — the Gainesville Community Band Mother’s Day Concert at Trinity United Methodist at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 13. As happens every year, your favorite electrician will be right there, and instead of a screwdriver, he will have his trumpet in hand.
This is my sixth year in the band, but I was involved in music long before that. I started playing trumpet while in elementary school and never stopped. In fact, this passion took me to the University of Florida as a music major.
The band was founded in 1974 with 11 members, and today, we are more than 80 musicians. Our members include teachers, scientists, professors, students and other members of the community. Besides participating in the Mother’s Day Concert, we also perform at the Charles Dean Trumpet Memorial Concert, the James B. King Veterans Day Concert and Fanfare and Fireworks at the University of Florida to celebrate Independence Day. We also played at the Heart of Florida airshow and on the Walt Disney World’s Fantasy Land stage as their first nonprofessional adult concert band.
I love being part of the band, and I especially appreciate the enjoyment our performances bring to the audience, especially for our Mother’s Day Concert.
In case you’re interested, you can hear the Gainesville Community Band on our website, http://www.gnvband.org.