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Big Band Sound Comes to Cate Park

The Laker - July 9, 2012

The second week of the Friends of the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand free Saturday night concert series features a band making its debut at the bandstand.

The Lakes Region Big Band comes to town with a repertoire ranging from the swinging standards of Glenn Miller and Tommy Dorsey to the hard driving styles of Count Basie and Buddy Rich. The band is also equally comfortable hitting the notes in contemporary charts, bringing a little of everything one would expect in a big band to the stage on Saturday, July 14.

The band, based in Franklin, is led by bandleader Galen Doscher, who also plays trombone. The band has five saxophone players, three trombones, four trumpets and a four-person rhythm section and also features some vocals and a orchestra if needed.

In addition to Doscher, the trombone section includes Sam Irvine and Branch Sanders, while John Whitney, Craig Weisman, Bob Presby and Jessica Ripley make up the band’s trumpet section. David Nix and LeeAnne Ames play alto sax, while Thomas Frink and Marc Elbaum tackle the tenor sax parts and Andrea Corning plays the baritone sax.

Chris Mega is the band’s keyboard player, with Jeremy Morse on guitar and Chris Gilb on bass. The band is tied together by the drumbeats of Jeff Samataro. Sureya Felch provides vocals and Dani Corning and Suzanne Satnick provide extra orchestra pieces, including flute, piccolo and French horn.

The Friends of the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand are consistently looking for new acts to bring to the stage in Wolfeboro and the Lakes Region Big Band is the first of five bands that will be making their debuts on the Cate Park bandstand this summer.

The Friends of the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand Saturday night concert series is free and open to the public, but pass-the-hat collections are taken at intermission to help the non-profit group continue to provide quality free concerts to the Wolfeboro community every Saturday throughout July and August.

The concerts get under way at 7pm and last until 9pm, with a short intermission. The concerts are not held if it is raining. A sign will be placed at the entrance to the park near the Town Docks if the concert has been cancelled.

The concerts take place at the Wolfeboro Community Bandstand on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Cate Park in downtown Wolfeboro.

Come check out the Lakes Region Big Band as it makes its debut in Cate Park on Saturday, July 14, at 7pm.


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