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North Port Concert Band sets a time machine in latest concert




North Port Concert Band is a 60-member ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments with a big symphony sound. MONICA AMAYA / COURTESY PHOTO

North Port Concert Band is a 60-member ensemble of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments with a big symphony sound. MONICA AMAYA / COURTESY PHOTO

Just like Doc Brown’s DeLorean in “Back to the Future,” North Port Concert Band’s “Music Is My Time Machine” will take you time-traveling, starting with the classical masters and winding up in the 1970s.

After Beethoven and Strauss, they’ll morph into big-band mode to put on a swinging 1940s USO show with “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” and a Glenn Miller medley that includes “In the Mood” and “Little Brown Jug.”

“It’s my goal to keep that swing music alive,” said NPCB President and bandleader Lynn Cleary. “And I take pride in the fact that the 12 high school students in the band love to play it, too.”

The afternoon spotlights a series of salutes that will keep the audience guessing the connections.

One salute mashes up “Tennessee Waltz,” “Your Cheatin’ Heart” and “Rocky Top.” Another honors Ol’ Blue Eyes while Sinatra’s image flashes across the screen.

Other little Easter eggs, yet to be revealed, will delight the crowd.

Singer Zarita Mattox will be North Port Concert Band’s special guest for “Music Is My Time Machine.” COURTESY PHOTO

Singer Zarita Mattox will be North Port Concert Band’s special guest for “Music Is My Time Machine.” COURTESY PHOTO

Now celebrating its 37th year, the North Port Concert Band has grown from a few musicians — who gathered simply for the joy of playing together — to a full woodwind, brass and percussion ensemble of 60 members, ages 17 to 80.

“Music Is My Time Machine” will also spotlight a special guest: vocalist Zarita Mattox, who’ll sing Gershwin jazz classics “Summertime” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me.”

“We call her Lady Z when she performs with my swing band, Suncoast Swing,” said Ms. Cleary. “She can really wow an audience and turn a concert into a show.”

 

 

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