Negaunee City Band to perform

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee City Band plays its first concert of the 2019 season at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Outdoor Performing Arts Center at the east end of Iron Street.

The band welcomes Brandon Nelson for his second year as director. Nelson has a strong educational background in music, is an active composer, and has taught public school music and led the Blue Notes.

Nelson has chosen to begin the concert with “Celebration and Tribute” by James Swearingen, a dramatic and impactful selection. Nelson has continued the tradition of playing a Sousa march towards the end of every concert with “Nobles of the Mystic Shrine,” which Sousa, a longtime Master Mason, dedicated to a high degree of freemasonry. Other marches include “Marche Sarcastique” from the film score of “Hamlet” and Karl L. King’s “Imperial March.”

Broadway will be visited with some of the best known selections from “Mary Poppins,” including “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Additional numbers are “Canonic Fantasy,” “Bluebell,” and the very lively “Galop to End All Galops.” Following the custom of past years, the concert will conclude with “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.”

There is some seating available at the venue, but attendees may wish to bring their own chairs. This is the first of nine free Wednesday evening summer concerts, with the final one scheduled for Aug. 7.