Shoals Community Band to Perform “Themes Like Old Times”

by Jennifer Keeton
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THE SHOALS-Audiences can enjoy a musical trip through the past as the Shoals Community Band performs “Themes Like Old Times” on Sunday, Oct. 1, 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.

“Themes Like Old Times” will feature a wide variety of music from past eras, including ragtime, jazz, and marches. The audience will hear music from composers such as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and Pierre Leemans. In addition to songs by the full band, a German-style ensemble will perform some traditional German songs.

The name of the concert comes from the title of one of the songs the band will perform. “Themes Like Old Times III” is a medley of classic tunes from the early 20th century. Arranged by Warren Barker, it includes excerpts from “My Melancholy Baby,” “Ain’t We Got Fun,” and more.

The Shoals Community Band is part of a long tradition of “town bands” that perform for the public. It 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.

All local musicians are welcome to join the band at any time. The Shoals Community Band is the perfect way for current or former musicians to get to practice and perform in a friendly, low-pressure environment.

After this performance, the band will start preparing for their annual Christmas concert, making it a great time to join. Musicians interested in learning more can contact any current member of the band, or they can call director James Ed Champion at 256-710-8489

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