Melbourne Municipal Band Plans Community Concerts
By Space Coast Daily // September 23, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The Melbourne Municipal Band will debut its 47th season of free community concerts in late September with three special programs designed to be enjoyed by families.
The events also will serve as collection points for food donations for The Children’s Hunger Project, which provides needy elementary school-age children on the Space Coast with free weekend food backpacks.
Concerts on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27 will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 E. Hibiscus Blvd in Melbourne.
A shorter afternoon concert – complete with an instrument petting zoo designed to delight and inform school-age children – will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30.
This concert will be held at Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy’s Scott Center Auditorium, 5625 Holy Trinity Drive – between Wickham Road and US1 on the Pineda Causeway Road.
Those attending are encouraged to bring food donations for The Children’s Hunger Project. A complete list of items needed for the organization’s weekend food backpacks is at the MMB website, www.melbournemunicipalband.
The concerts will celebrate music education, with pre-show entertainment on Sept. 26 and 27 provided by students who participated in the Melbourne Municipal Band/4 The Kids of Brevard summer music program. Parents and teachers may want to download the concert guide, which will prepare young people to be knowledgeable concertgoers, by visiting www.melbournemunicipalband.org
The concerts will include classics like Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf (with narration), Children’s Corner Suite by Debussy, selections from Carnival of the Animals, as well as Ringling Brothers Grand Entry March, How to Train Your Dragon, Harry’s Wondrous World, and a medley of favorite Disney movie tunes sung by local students Ariel and Eliana Berrean.
“This is just a great concert for families to attend together,” said Principal Conductor Staci Cleveland. “Bring your kids and grandkids of all ages, and come enjoy your first or your hundred and first concert. It’s going to be a lot of fun, and we are so pleased to be able to help The Children’s Hunger Project to raise awareness of the plight of so many hungry children in Brevard County.”
This concert is funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation for Brevard. There is no charge for the concerts and tickets are not required.