Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Summer Concert Series

2022 Summer Season Poster

The Concord Band returns to the Fruitlands Summer Stage on Wednesday evenings. Concerts begin at 7:15PM, Gates Open 5:00pm

Gather on the lawn for a picnic concert with stunning sunset views. The Concord Band will treat concert-goers to a fun roster of timeless music, including pieces memorializing historic events, show tunes, holiday favorites and more.

Bring your blanket, lawn chairs and picnic basket. There is plenty of room on the concert lawn to spread out. Dogs are welcome to join for these picnic concerts and just must remain on leash while on the grounds at Fruitlands.

The audience is encouraged to Pre-register for quicker entry. In the event of rain forcing cancellation, all ticket holders will be contacted via email in advance of showtime. We will be able to rebook or refund any cancelled sales. Questions? Contact Catherine Shortliffe.

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Summer 2022 Schedule Update

Sunset as the Concord Band performs at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Mass.

Summer Concert Series at Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, Massachusetts.

From classical to pop, jazz to Dixieland, familiar favorites, and well-known gems, the hills of the Fruitlands Museum will once again come alive with music! Don't miss this special opportunity to pack a picnic dinner, support live music, Fruitlands Museum, and the many talented musicians of the Concord Band.

  • June 22 · Musical Road Trip
  • June 29 · Spectacular Broadway
  • July  6 · America Celebrates
  • July 13 · Summer Retrospective

Note the new concert series is changed to Wednesday evenings!

Friday, April 8, 2022

Spring Pops Live Stream

Spring Pops!

Saturday, April 9, 2022 • 8:00 PM
Performing Arts Center at 51 Walden
Concord, Massachusetts

The Concord Band

James O'Dell, Music Director
Roger Cichy, Guest Conductor
Cindy Scott, Guest Artist
Gray Sargent, Guest Artist


Watch Live Saturday April 9, 8:00 pm

Program

The Concord Band
James O'Dell conducting
Strike Up The BandGeorge and Ira Gershwin
arr. Leonard Moss
Irving Berlin's Songs For AmericaIrving Berlin
arr. James Swearingen
The Diamond BatonRoger Daniel Cichy
In honor of Daniel S. Diamond for his service to The Concord Band
Live Premiere, conducted by the composer
The Lords of GreenwichRobert Sheldon
Sinatra in Concertarr. Jerry Nowak
Intermission
CB Saxophone Quartet
David Southard, soprano; John Rabinowitz, alto;
Judy Piermarini, tenor; Seychelle Dunn-Corbin, baritone
St. Louis Blues (1914)W.C. Handy
arr. Ken Abeling
Waltz for Debby (1956)Bill Evans
arr. Steve Piermarini
Nina Never Knew (1952)Louis Alter & Milton Drake
arr. Steve Piermarini
"Swing" from Diffusion for Saxophone Quartet (2006)Gordon Goodwin
The Concord Band
*Featuring Cindy Scott, jazz vocalist
Italian RhapsodyJulie Giroux
S’Wonderful*George and Ira Gershwin
arr. Warren Barker
Cry Me A River*Arthur Hamilton
arr. Bert van Cruchten
Night and Day*Cole Porter
arr. William McManus
Intermission
Cindy Scott–Gray Sargent Duo
Selections to be announced from stage
The Concord Band
They All Laughed*George and Ira Gershwin
arr. William McManus
New York State of Mind*Billy Joel
arr. Phil Whittall
Cheek to Cheek*Irving Berlin
arr. Jerry Seeco
Ukrainian National AnthemMykhailo Verbytsky
arr. US Army Band
Stars and Stripes ForeverJohn Phillip Sousa

Friday, April 1, 2022

Meet the CB Saxophone Quartet

CB Saxophone Quartet
(left to right) David Southard, Judy Piermarni, Seychelle Dunn-Corbin, John Rabinowitz

The Concord Band's Spring Pops concerts will feature the saxophone section performing as the CB Saxophone Quartet. Since the pandemic restricted large group rehearsals, beginning in 2021 the saxophone section stepped forward to perform as a small ensemble. They performed at the Hastings Park Gazebo in Lexington, the Fruitlands Museum amphitheater in Harvard, and at the Center for Performing Arts in Concord.

There is something about a saxophone quartet that exceeds listeners' expectations. The timbre of voices, ranging from baritone at the low end, through tenor and alto to soprano, lends a breadth and depth of tonality that evokes the finest choral ensembles. The repertoire spans multiple musical styles. The quartet is equally at home performing chamber music, classical transcriptions, modern compositions as well as renditions of ragtime, jazz and popular songs. Performances are varied, dynamic, and exciting.

Collectively, members of the CB Saxophone Quartet represent well over a century of making music, and they are using that experience to dazzle local audiences.

Seychelle Dunn-Corbin
baritone saxophone

Seychelle Dunn-Corbin, baritone saxophone, is a Boston-based saxophonist known for her inclusion, dedication, and advocacy of African American artistry in performance and education. Seychelle is an alumna of Morgan State University; a Historical Black College. She furthered her education at Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge studying with classical saxophonist Kenneth Radnofsky, and in 2019 completed her Doctor of Musical Arts in Saxophone Performance from Boston University. Seychelle worked in education for the Baltimore Public School system, and as faculty at Bunker Hill Community College and Salem State University. Currently, Seychelle performs with the Area 9 Saxophone Quartet, NorthStar Duo, and Megalopolis Saxophone Orchestra.

Judy Piermarini
tenor saxophone

Judy Piermarini, tenor saxophone, is a former music educator earning her Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education and graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Lowell. Prior to that she was Salutatorian of her high school graduating class. She is a 30 year veteran of the late Artie Barsamian Boston Big Band, recording 3 CDs. She has also been a member of the Leominster Colonial Band for the past 40 years, recording 1 CD, "Number 17 !".  Judy is married to trombonist Steve, and the proud mother of two amazing adult children, John and Amy. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, having pet dogs and cats, traveling, reading, walking, knitting and donating blood. She has also played in various theatre pit orchestras, star shows, concert bands, and sung alto in three church choirs. Presently, Judy is employed by the United States Postal Service and is looking forward to retirement soon. Judy joined the Concord Band shortly after moving to Acton, because she loves to play the tenor saxophone and was looking for a local concert band to perform in as music provides her a great sense of purpose and joy. She has been a member for 28 years and is still in a quest to find the perfect reed!

John Rabinowitz
alto saxophone

John Rabinowitz, alto saxophone, and has studied classical saxophone with Ken Radnofsky at the Longy School and the New England Conservatory, and jazz performance with Mark Phaneuf at the New School of Music in Cambridge. John is a founding member of the Area 9 Quartet, an ensemble dedicated to exploring diverse and ever-growing chamber music repertoire for saxophone, and also performs with the Charles River Wind Ensemble. John has been an active music educator in greater Boston since 1999. John maintained a private piano studio focused on classical repertoire and pedagogy through 2015, and has been teaching saxophone both online and in person since 2018. As a member of the Board of Trustees of the Boston Woodwind Society, John has co-sponsored a series of saxophone master classes for the benefit of students at the New England Conservatory and Boston University. A native of Nutley, New Jersey, John earned a BA in American History from Harvard College. He currently resides in Arlington. Since joining the ensemble in 2012, John has relished his experience with the Concord Band, and has grown both as an individual player and as a musical collaborator. John has served on the Board of Trustees since 2013.

David Southard
soprano saxophone

David Southard performs on soprano saxophone in the quartet and alto saxophone with the Band. He began music lessons on his family’s spinet organ in elementary school, switched to saxophone in middle school, and studied clarinet in college. He has enjoyed performing in concert bands, big bands, as well as musical theatre and jazz ensembles. Since emigrating from California and joining the Concord Band in 1988, David has performed as soloist on tenor, alto, and soprano saxophones, as well as serving as Treasurer on the Board of Trustees. David earned a doctorate in computer science from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell, and works at MedAcuity LLC, Westford, as a software consultant for the medical devices industry. David resides in Bedford with his spouse, Tina. His three children are Nox, a student at John Glenn Middle School, Noah, a student at Temple University, and Kaden, a researcher at Sloan Kettering Institute, NYC. As a self-ascribed saxophone nerd, David's quest is to find the ultimate mouthpiece!

CB Saxophone Quartet Performances

PRISMS 2 (October 23, 2021)
Holiday Pops (December 11, 2021)

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Special Guest Artist Gray Sargent

Gray Sargent
Jazz Guitarist

The Concord Band is delighted that jazz guitarist Gray Sargent, who starred with legendary singer Tony Bennett for many years, will perform as a duo with Cindy Scott at our Spring Pops concerts on April 8 and 9. This performance is not to be missed!

By Mark Gorman in Newport this Week

When internationally renowned guitarist Gray Sargent was just 7-years-old in Attleboro, Massachusetts, his mom started him on the living room piano. By the time he was 11, the family had moved to New Jersey and Sargent took up the guitar. Like millions of young people in the 1960s, he was wowed by The Beatles and learned to play many of their tunes. “I played in a band at 12, and we played lots of Beatles’ tunes,” he said. “We loved The Beach Boys, The Beatles and the [surf rock sound of] The Ventures.”

When he moved to Weston, Massachusetts, and attended high school, his older brother started taking him to a small club to listen to music, and it was a turning point in the young guitarist’s life. Sargent moved away from rock-and-roll and found his niche in jazz and blues.

“We started seeing all the great jazz and blues guys in that tiny club,” he said. “We saw Muddy Waters, Dizzy Gillespie, B.B. King, Paul Butterfield, Buddy Rich and Thelonious Monk, among others.” In the 1970s and ’80s, Sargent played and toured extensively with the great jazz tenor saxophonist Illinois Jacquet. After that, he stayed close to home, playing local gigs with the likes of Herb Pomeroy, Dick Johnson and Dave McKenna, and was also called upon to play when some of the greats like Gillespie, Phil Woods, Chet Baker or Marshall Wood rolled into town.

“I was playing some gigs in New York and Boston with [pianist] Dave McKenna and the great singer Donna Byrne,” he said. “Tony Bennett was a big fan of both of them, so he showed up at three of our gigs within a six-month period. Then, two years later, Tony’s road manager called me and asked me to join Tony’s group. The manager said, ‘Tony’s been talking about you for two years.’” Sargent was a member of the Tony Bennett Quartet for 24 years including Bennett's final performances with Lady Gaga.

When’s he not traveling the world or recording with Bennett, Sargent enjoys playing local jazz gigs. Hearing Sargent play is a delightful treat as he weaves his tasteful solos and chord melodies. It’s pure heaven and you’ll be hearing the best of the best.

Friday, March 25, 2022

Spotlight: Jazz Vocalist Cindy Scott

Guest Artist Cindy Scott
jazz vocalist
Cindy Scott is a passionate, risk-taking heart-singer who isn’t afraid to reveal her emotions in song. Cindy has walked a different path from the average jazz singer. Born and raised in a house full of music and musicians, she chose flute as her first instrument and went to LSU on a music scholarship. Uncertain about life as a professional musician but positive she wanted to travel the world, Cindy got an MBA, learned to speak German and Spanish, and spent several years living and working abroad. During one of these stints she discovered jazz and began singing in the jazz cellars of Germany with local musicians.

Cindy eventually found herself in Houston climbing the corporate ladder by day and playing jazz clubs by night. In 2005, she traded a successful business career for a life devoted to music and moved to New Orleans just months before Hurricane Katrina hit. She decided to return and complete her Masters in Music (Jazz Studies) from the University of New Orleans, a program founded by famed educator Ellis Marsalis and now led by guitar icon Steve Masakowski. She is now firmly rooted in the rich and diverse music scene of the Crescent City.

Cindy has found a happy marriage between her straight-ahead roots and the musical gumbo that pervades New Orleans. She always sings music she connects with, whether jazz standards, unexpected genre-bending choices, or her own originals. Her last CD, Let the Devil Take Tomorrow, was voted New Orleans’ Best Contemporary Jazz Recording, a huge honor in a field that included projects by Christian Scott and Donald Harrison. The recording was also listed in Offbeat Magazine’s top 40 Louisiana releases in all genres.

Guest Artist Cindy Scott
jazz vocalist
March 2014 welcomed Cindy's latest studio recording entitled Historia. Her amazing band includes pianist Randy Porter, bassist Dan Loomis, drummer Jamison Ross, along with Brian Seeger on guitar, Evan Christopher on clarinet, and Shannon Powell on tambourine. Four-time GRAMMY nominee jazz vocalist Karrin Allyson makes a special appearance on two tracks, as well. The recording, which is a blend of jazz standards and Cindy's original songwriting, pays homage to her deep musical roots, the lessons she learned from her family, and the discoveries she's made along the way throughout her own life. In his review of Historia, C. Michael Bailey (All About Jazz) says Scott's new CD is "all that jazz is."

Cindy plays regularly in New Orleans and has had recent performances in Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and Mexico, as well as in US cities including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, and Kansas City. She has appeared at festivals around the world, including the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and the North Sea Jazz Festival.

fmi: http://www.cindyscottmusic.com/

Friday, March 18, 2022

Live Premiere of The Diamond Baton

Roger Cichy
Composer and Guest Conductor
Editor's note: The Diamond Baton will at last receive its Live Premiere at our Spring Pops concerts, 8pm on Friday and Saturday, April 8 & 9, 2022, after a postponement of two years due to the pandemic. We offer a reprise of this feature article (originally posted December 7, 2020) to share some of our excitement for this composition, and we invite you to join us to hear it person.

The Concord Band would like to announce a special project the Band has been doing to help keep its spirits (and lips) up and that will provide a lasting memento of The Concord Band. We originally announced plans to commission a new march in honor of its longest serving member, Dan Diamond, which was to be premiered at the April Pops concerts in 2020. Roger Cichy, who over the past 10 years has composed two pieces for The Concord Band, provided The Diamond Baton for the Band’s March 9 rehearsal, just before the pandemic shutdown changed all our plans. Since we were unable to rehearse together as a large ensemble, we had to explore other creative options to perform this piece virtually. We look forward to playing it live whenever we can resume live performances.

Richard Given and Roger Cichy
during recording sessions.

Roger Cichy wrote The Diamond Baton in recognition of Dan Diamond’s 50 years of service to The Concord Band. In addition to being the percussion section leader, Dan has been a board member for more than 45 years, headed fundraising, managed the newsletter, and countless other voluntary contributions to The Concord Band. Roger regretted that the march had only one rehearsal and was never able to be performed. As fall 2020 approached, Roger reached out to Jim O’Dell and volunteered to bring his professional recording equipment to Concord to record each interested player. Using a computer-generated “click-track” recording of the march, 40 Concord Band members learned their parts and one at a time came to 51 Walden to play The Diamond Baton for a socially-distanced Roger Cichy. An additional 7 players made their own recordings which they provided to Cichy. Roger combined and edited the individual recordings into the premiere recording of The Diamond Baton. Roger Cichy and Jim O’Dell did the final editing in Roger’s Scituate, Rhode Island studio. The Concord Band is eternally grateful to Roger for his yeoman efforts and thrilled to honor their fellow bandsman Dan Diamond.

The resulting audio premiere of The Diamond Baton is at this link:

Jim O'Dell and Roger Cichy
crafting the final mix.

The Diamond Baton recording project at 51 Walden is extraordinary because it is the first time many of the Concord Band members experienced playing their part accompanied by a digital audio click track. Musicians typically spend the majority of their time in ensembles listening and adjusting to others, watching and receiving instructions from the conductor, marking the music, tuning and balancing across all instruments, and a multitude of other tasks including those that engage the ears, eyes, breath, and fingers. The challenge of playing a part "solo" in absence of many of the skills mentioned above is very foreign to most musicians, but the Concord Band musicians embraced the challenge with flying colors. Our final mix of the project truly trumpets (pun intended) our members' courage and commitment to bring a premiere of this new composition to fruition during uncertain times. Congratulations to all in making The Diamond Baton come to life!

Friday, March 11, 2022

Spring Pops 2022 Poster

Spring Pops 2022 Poster

The Concord Band’s Spring Pops concerts will be held at 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, April 8 and 9, 2022, at the Center for Performing Arts at 51 Walden, Concord MA.

Jazz singer Cindy Scott, in her debut performance with the Concord Band, is a New Orleans style jazz singer who received a music degree from Louisiana State University and was the winner of the 2010 Best of the Beat Award for "Best Contemporary Jazz Record." In addition to being accompanied by the Band, Cindy will sing in a duo with Special Guest Artist, world-renowned guitarist Gray Sargent.

A new march by noted composer Roger Cichy, titled The Diamond Baton, will at last receive its premiere live performance with Mr. Cichy as Guest Conductor. The composition was commissioned in honor of longtime board member and percussionist, Dan Diamond, in recognition of 50 years of service to the Band.

The program will also feature the Concord Band Saxophone Quartet presenting for the first time delightful renditions of jazz standards by arranger Steve Piermarini, conductor of the Leominster Colonial Band.

Tickets for Friday's performance are available through the Rotary Club of Concord.

Admission to Saturday's concert is free and open to the public. Donations at the door and online are appreciated.


Watch Live Saturday April 9, 8:00 pm

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Spring Pops with a Premiere

Cindy Scott
jazz vocalist
The Concord Band’s Spring Pops concerts will be held at 8:00 pm on Friday and Saturday evenings, April 8 and 9, 2022, at the Center for Performing Arts at 51 Walden, Concord MA.

Jazz singer Cindy Scott, in her debut performance with the Concord Band, is a New Orleans style jazz singer who received a music degree from Louisiana State University and was the winner of the 2010 Best of the Beat Award for "Best Contemporary Jazz Record."

A new march by noted composer Roger Cichy, titled The Diamond Baton, will at last receive its premiere live performance with Mr. Cichy as Guest Conductor. The composition was commissioned in honor of longtime board member and Notes editor, Dan Diamond, in recognition of 50 years of service to the Band.

The program will also feature the Concord Band Saxophone Quartet presenting for the first time delightful renditions of jazz standards by arranger Steve Piermarini, conductor of the Leominster Colonial Band.

Tickets for Friday's performance are available through the Rotary Club of Concord.

Admission to Saturday's concert is free and open to the public. Donations at the door and online are appreciated.

Thursday, February 24, 2022

RVW 150 Concert Rescheduled

Ralph Vaughan Williams
composer
Although we are eagerly anticipating a resumption of rehearsals this week, it is not enough time to prepare for the concert that was originally scheduled for Saturday March 5th. 

The Concord Band joins performing ensembles throughout the world commemorating Ralph Vaughan Williams 150th birthday: RVW 150.  Our program celebrating the famed composer is rescheduled to 8pm, Saturday, October 22, 2022, at the 51 Walden Performing Arts Center

Save the date!

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Winter Concert Canceled

Due to COVID restrictions in Concord,
our Winter Concert on March 5, 2022 has been canceled.
The previously scheduled program celebrating the 150th anniversary of composer
Ralph Vaughan Williams (RVW150) will be performed at the Fall Concert on October 22, 2022
(which happens to be within two weeks of Vaughan Williams’ birthdate).

We still plan to present Spring Pops on April 8 & 9, 2022,
 with our partners the Rotary Club of Concord, who are celebrating their 90th anniversary.
Music Director James O’Dell has confirmed an outstanding guest artist
and an exciting music program.

We expect to have additional updates from the Town of Concord in February
and we will keep you informed of developments.