Melbourne Municipal Band To Perform Italian Musical Favorites

By  //  August 4, 2012

'Dinner And Show' Experience

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – The sounds of Italy will fill the air when the Melbourne Municipal Band presents the free “That’s a Spicy Meatball” concert at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday at the Melbourne Auditorium.

The Melbourne Municipal Band will presents the free “That’s a Spicy Meatball” concert Aug. 8 and 9 at the Melbourne Auditorium. (Image courtesy Melbourne Municipal Band)

Dr. Dan Bolin, chair of the School of Music at Butler University in Indianapolis and a part-time resident of Brevard County, will lead the band as it explores the music of Italy, along with some of the popular songs made famous by Italian-Americans such as Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra.

In addition to such popular songs as “That’s Amore,” “The Lady is a Tramp,” and “My Way,” the group will play an old Italian overture written for band titled “The Universal Judgment.”

The program will feature Metropolitan Opera tenor Tom Studebaker in popular opera works such as “O Sole Mio” and “Come Back to Sorrento.”

The concert finale will be a salute to America and to our veterans, including “God Bless America,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Tunes made popular by crooners Dean Martin, left and Frank Sinatra will be performed by the Melbourne Municipal band in a free concert. (Shutterstock image)

“This will be a delightful evening for all ages,” said Dr. Bolin. “I’ve had the privilege of conducting the band the past two summers and we’ve had a lot of fun and great crowds. I think this year’s concert will be the best yet and hope everyone will come out to enjoy this great music.”

The Melbourne Municipal Band was established in 1965 and plays free concerts for the citizens of Brevard County nearly every month and contributes to the community through parades, patriotic concerts and ceremonial performances.

Some 30 percent of the band’s 80-plus members are professional musicians.

In a typical year the band serves 69,000 concert attendees and its members give 27,000 hours of community service in the form of rehearsals and performance time.

Dr. Dan Bolin (Image courtesy Butler University)

This concert is the last of the band’s summer Not-In-The-Park Picnic concerts and the audience is invited to bring family, friends and a picnic dinner to enjoy.

Instead of traditional concert seating, long tables will be set up to enable a ‘dinner and show’ experience and audience members can bring along their picnic dinners.

Drinks, ice and snacks also will be available for purchase at the Concession Table.

There is no charge for the concert and tickets are not required. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the Melbourne Auditorium, which is at 625 E. Hibiscus Avenue in Melbourne.

Call 724-0555 or visit for more information.