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Concert will honor people who promoted music education, performance

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Apr 29, 2019 at 3:00 PM

SANDUSKY — The Sandusky Concert Association is presenting a free concert from an ensemble composed of local musicians, the North Coast Concert Band.  

The concert will be held at 3 p.m. May 5 at the Sandusky State Theatre, with special thanks to the Sydney Frohman Foundation.

The North Coast Concert Band ( NCCB) started in January 1983. Since then the band has presented three formal concerts and several outdoor concerts each year. The band, under the direction of John Kustec, performs in Willard, Fostoria, Tiffin, Norwalk, Sandusky, Port Clinton, Oak Harbor, Bellevue, Clyde, Fremont, Kelleys Island, Maumee Bay State Park, Old Fort, Bowling Green and Huron.

The band currently has about 85 members who range in age from 22 to 95 and who hail from a variety of backgrounds and communities.

The NCCB concert will feature area high school musicians joining the band in a tribute to the individuals from the community who have died recently and dedicated their lives to promoting music education and performance. The piece, “Raise Your Joys and Triumphs High,” incorporates antiphonal brass which will be performed by high school musicians.

Joining the NCCB will be Edison High School students Mikayla Myers playing flute and Jared Fraylick playing trumpet.

Highlights from “West Side Story” will be featured in a medley of many of the selections from that musical which were written by Leonard Bernstein. The band also will perform a piece written for the Cedar Point ride White Water Landing. Two very fast and virtuosic works, “Chester” and “Nilesdance,” will be played. John Philip Sousa's “Liberty Bell March” and Karl King's “Prestissimo March” will also be performed.

The concert will end with “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” which will feature guest piccolo players performing the piccolo solo.

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