GILFORD — The Gilford Community Band will kick off its series of summer concert appropriately enough on the Summer Solstice. The band will open up on Wednesday, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the Weeks Bandstand in Gilford Village.
In case of inclement weather, the concert will be at the Gilford Performing Arts Center at the Gilford High School.
The first two summer concerts — on June 21 and July 5 — will be directed by Rachel Auger, Gilford Elementary School's new music director. Auger attended school in Maine, and received her post-secondary education in music education at Ithaca College in New York. Ironically, two of this year's graduating Gilford seniors will also be majoring in the performing arts at Ithaca College. Auger has primarily played piano for most of her life. In the past, she has been a participant and a music director for the Prescott Park Arts Festival in Portsmouth.
One selection will be "Those Were the Days," which was composed by Gene Raskin, who wrote the English lyrics of youth and romantic idealism to a Russian song "By the Long Road." Mary Hopkins's 1968 version was No. 2 on the Billboard 100. Another selection will be the famous Righteous Brothers' "blue eyed soul" song "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling." "Men of Ohio" was composed by Henry Fillmore in the early 20th century. He is known as the "Father of the Trombone Smear," which is when one note is played to the next note in one breath. "Haskell's Rascals," composed by Paul Yoder in 1954, will feature Leah Gardner and Ben Altmire with their dazzling "sticking" on the snare drums.
This initial summer concert will present marching music and contemporary hits.