Tonganoxie Community Band to play Tuesday
Bust out the lawn chairs and bring your appetite.
The Tonganoxie Community Band will have its annual concert next week, as festivities start at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Tonganoxie VFW Park with hot dogs and hamburgers being sold.
The band, under the direction of Charles Van Middlesworth, will begin its concert at 7 p.m.
Roughly 45 musicians have been practicing each Tuesday this month in preparation for the concert.
“There are some great musicians from our community and surrounding communities,” Van Middlesworth said. “They’re excited. The band is really doing a great job. They’re really fired up about this concert. I’m really excited about it, too.”
The band will play patriotic songs, as well as music from “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars: Episode III” and “Phoenix Overture.”
The band also will have an audience participation activity in which audience members will “name that tune” as the band plays portions of movie theme songs.
In addition, Van Middlesworth, who is band director at Tonganoxie High School, will be the featured soloist for a George Gershwin number.
The band, which started in 2002, has “grown a whole bunch,” in Van Middlesworth’s opinion.
“I think the band has gotten better,” he said. “There are more people from the surrounding community.
“More people from Leavenworth and Bonner Springs now involved in the band. And quite a few folks from Leavenworth.”
He also thinks it’s becoming one of the bands people recognize, alongside community bands from Lawrence and Bonner Springs.
“I think Tonganoxie is one of those bands that people want to be a part of and they enjoy being a part of it,” Van Middlesworth said. “It seems to get bigger and better every year.”
The Tonganoxie Community Band will perform next week at VFW Park for its annual concert.
• Hot dogs and hamburgers will be sold starting at 6 p.m.
• Concert begins at 7 p.m. and will feature a wide range of pieces.