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Daniel Kerwin/Daily Globe The "Amazing" Worthington Band practices at the Worthington High School band room in Worthington on Monday.

City band opens outdoor concert season tonight

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City band opens outdoor concert season tonight
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

WORTHINGTON - A Worthington tradition since 1893 is about to launch its 2011 season, as the "Amazing" Worthington City Band is all tuned up for its summer concert series.

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Beginning at 7:30 p.m. today at the historic Chautauqua Park band shell, the band will entertain with such favorite numbers as "Simple Gifts," "Instant Concert," "Rock Around the Clock," "Beer Barrel Polka," "Home on the Range" and "Praise to the Lord."

"This is the best I can remember the band sounding so early in the season," said Jon Loy, city band director since 2008, after Monday night's regular band rehearsal. "We had 49 players at practice, and everyone is really bringing their best effort. It's going to be a great summer."

Each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. through July 13, and also at 7:30 p.m. July 4, the "Amazing" Worthington City Band acts as a magnet for music lovers who enjoy spending summer evenings on the shores of Lake Okabena.

Special features of each concert include an area entertainer performing during the band's intermission, followed by the ever-popular "candy march" for any youngsters present.

Tonight, perennial comic favorite Pat O'Neill will serve as the master of ceremonies, while guitarist/vocalist Bill Shoup will be the intermission act.

"The band has a lot of cool energy working in its favor right now," confirmed Brett Lehman, a trombonist and president of the "Amazing" Worthington City Band for 2010-11.

On July 18, roughly 40 of the band members, who range in age from 13 to 70-plus, will travel to Worthington's sister city of Crailsheim, Germany, where they will stay with local host families and play two concerts -- one as part of Crailsheim's International Volksfest and the other in the town's famed Johanneskirche.

"This is an exciting time to be part of the 'Amazing' Worthington City Band, and we're hoping plenty of people will turn out for our concerts this year," added Loy.

"The City of Worthington gives us tremendous support, and sharing our music is a way for us to contribute to Worthington's quality of life during the summer months."

"Sounds Delicious: Favorite Recipes of the 'Amazing' Worthington City Band" cookbooks, proceeds from which defray the band's expenses, will be available for purchase at 2011 concerts and also are available at several local businesses, including Ax Photo, Rickers Photo, Cows' Outside, Lakeshore Clips, Images by Tom, Johnson Jewelry, W-2's Meats, Worthington Federal Savings Bank and Nobles County Co-op. For more information about joining the city band as an instrumentalist (rehearsals are Mondays from 7-8 p.m. in the Worthington High School band room), contact Brett Lehman at 372-5864.

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