Shoals Community Band to Perform March Madness

by Jennifer Keeton
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THE SHOALS-The Shoals Community Band will perform a “March Madness” concert on Sunday, March 26, at 3 p.m. The concert will take place at the First Baptist Church of Florence’s Annex at 218 N Wood Ave. The performance is free and open to the public.

The term “March Madness” is usually used for basketball, but the Shoals Community Band is adding a musical spin. The band will perform a full slate of marches from the United States and around the world, written by composers such as Sousa, Vinson, King, Fillmore, and Alford.

“Marches are always exciting to hear,” says James Champion, the director of the Shoals

Community Band. “We hope to have the audience tapping their feet as the Shoals Community

Band performs these time-honored marches.”

The Shoals Community Band has existed off and on since the 1960s and was originally sponsored by Florence State College (the former name of the University of North Alabama) and the Florence Parks and Recreation department. It is now a freestanding organization, with weekly rehearsals and several public performances each year.

“Everyone is welcome to join the band at any time,” says Champion. Musicians interested in learning more can contact any current member of the band, or they can call Champion directly at 256-710-8489.

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