Hilton-Parma Gazebo Band launches 34th concert season

By on June 5, 2017

The Hilton-Parma Gazebo Band, under the direction of Dr. Charles P. Schmidt, will begin its 34th season with a concert on Wednesday, June 21 at the Hilton Village Community Center adjacent to Centennial Park.

The Gazebo Band’s series of free public concerts in Hilton will be held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. (rain or shine) on the following dates:  June 21, June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19 and July 26.  The annual patriotic concert in Hilton will be presented on June 28. The band will also play a concert on Flag Day, June 14 at 7 p.m., at Church of the Epiphany, 3285 Buffalo Road. The public is cordially invited to bring lawn chairs and enjoy each concert.

The band plays an exciting variety of musical styles, including traditional marches, light classics, popular music, Broadway and movie themes, patriotic music, as well as solo features.

The Gazebo Band was founded in 1984 and was first directed by Hilton Music Educator, Gordon Bascom. The original group of approximately a dozen players performed for the Village of Hilton Centennial celebration and the dedication of the Gazebo at Centennial Park. The band’s current conductor, Dr. Charles Schmidt, is in his ninth year of directing the band. Mary Reazor, the last remaining charter member of the band, functions as the band’s manager, music librarian and lead trombonist.

The Gazebo Band is an all-volunteer organization that relies primarily on donations from the community. The band is comprised of many dedicated musicians from across Monroe and Orleans counties, who rehearse from March 1 through July in order to make the free summer concerts possible. In recent years, the band has expanded its schedule to include a fall rehearsal season and holiday concerts.

From its beginning, the band’s primary purpose has been to give area adult musicians a place to enjoy their musical gifts and at the same time share them with the broader community.

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