It is 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 14. And as always, your favorite electrician will be right there, and instead of a screwdriver, I will have my trumpet in hand.
This is my fifth year in the band but I was involved in music long before that. I started playing trumpet in elementary school and never stopped. I actually attended the University of Florida as a music major.
As many of you already know, the band was originally founded in 1974 with 11 members, and today we are 80 strong. Our members include teachers, scientists, professors, students, your favorite electrician (of course) and other members of the community. In addition to our Mother’s Day Concert some of the highlights of our year include the Charles Dean Trumpet Memorial Concert, the James B. King Veterans Day Concert and Fanfare and Fireworks, an event held on the University of Florida campus each summer for the Fourth of July. We have even played at the Heart of Florida airshow and on Walt Disney World’s Fantasy Land Stage as their first nonprofessional adult concert band.
I especially appreciate the enjoyment our performances bring to the audience, especially for our Mother’s Day Concert.
If you want a sneak preview, you can hear the Gainesville Community Ban on our website (http://www.gnvband.org).