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Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Batavia Concert Band move's tonight's show to GCC

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Due to the likelihood of rain, the Batavia Concert Band's performance this evening is moved to the Stuart Steiner Theater at GCC.

From the announcement:

Tonight's concert will feature bandmembers' and conductor John Bailey's favorite pieces from this Summer and years past. It'll be an audience (and musician) pleasing mix of movie themes, Big Band and Broadway tunes, and of course -- marches!

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Batavia Concert Band's last show of season, tonight, moved to GCC

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With rain threatening, the Batavia Concert Band's last show of the season, at 7 p.m., has been moved to GCC. The concert is free.

Monday, June 10, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Principle Conductor, Guest Conductor named for 2013 Batavia Concert Band

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Press release:

The Batavia Concert Band Board of Directors is pleased to announce that John Bailey will be the Principle Conductor for the 2013 Batavia Concert Band Summer Concert Series.

A Pembroke native and Akron resident, Bailey is currently a music teacher at the Lyndonville Central School District, where he teaches both general and instrumental music. A French horn player, Bailey is a graduate of SUNY Fredonia, and also serves as conductor for the Pembroke Community Band. 

He was selected after the Board of Directors conducted a search for a Principle Conductor this past winter and spring. 

“Our audience and band should be looking forward to the enthusiasm that John will bring to programming exciting concerts for the Batavia community in Centennial Park,” said Jill Franclemont, president of the Board of Directors. 

“I am looking forward to continuing the fine tradition of music in the park in Batavia on sunny July evenings," Bailey said. "I plan to program a wide variety of music that will appeal to the diverse audience that attends our concerts."

John Kresse will be serving as Guest Conductor for the July 4th Concert in Centennial Park.  Currently, Kresse is a Graduate Assistant at the School of Music at SUNY Fredonia.

The Batavia Concert Band will present its first concert on Wednesday, June 26th at Centennial Park in the City of Batavia.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 3:44 pm

Batavia Concert Band accepting applications for conductor

Press release:

The Batavia Concert Band is already preparing for their 2013 Summer Concert Series in Centennial Park.  As part of those preparations, the Board of Directors is currently soliciting applications for the position of Conductor. Interested applicants may contact President Jill Arent for more information, including application materials.  Jill may be reached at [email protected].

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Photos: Batavia Concert Bank opens 2012 season at Centennial Park

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Tonight, the Batavia Concert Band kicked off its series of free concerts at Centennial Park with a show of a collection of British melodies, marches and concert favorites conducted by Brad Meholick.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm

Batavia Concert Band performs in Centennial Park at noon

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The Batavia Concert Band will perform at noon on the Fourth of July in Centennial Park in the city. The conductor is Phil Briatico.

Its repertoire is wide-ranging in origin, period and style: marches, Big Band and swing numbers, popular songs from musicals and movies, classical adaptations, rock favorites arranged for band, fun songs for kids of all ages … and everything in between.

The band consists of about 50 brass, woodwind and percussion players ranging from talented local high school students to 60-year veterans. Many have professional experience; the rest are advanced amateur musicians. All love to play.

Founded in the early 1920s, the Batavia Concert Band has brought musical pleasure to the region every year except during WWII. The band currently enjoys financial support from GO-ART!, concert sponsors, program advertisers, and individual patrons.

All concerts are free to the public of all ages. Light refreshments are usually available. Bring the family, some friends, lawn chairs or a blanket… and enjoy!

Event Date and Time

July 4, 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 12:47 pm

Batavia Concert Band's 88th season kicks off June 20

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Press release:

The Batavia Concert Band’s 88th season of music-making and free public concerts begins June 20 in Centennial Park. Additional concerts and parades will feature the band at other locations and times including the ever popular July 4 Picnic In The Park.

The Batavia Concert Band’s repertoire is wide-ranging in origin, period and style: marches, Big Band and swing numbers, popular songs from musicals and movies, classical adaptations, rock favorites arranged for band, fun songs for kids of all ages … and everything in between.

The band consists of about 50 brass, woodwind and percussion players ranging from talented local high school students to 60-year veterans. Many have professional experience; the rest are advanced amateur musicians. All love to play.

The conductor’s podium will be shared by a team of Batavia Concert Band conducting veterans, to be announced. Derek Reiss and Dizzy will again cap this year’s Concerts in the Park on Aug. 8 as a benefit fundraiser for the Batavia Concert Band.

Founded in the early 1920s, the Batavia Concert Band has brought musical pleasure to the region every year except during WWII. The band currently enjoys financial support from GO-ART!, concert sponsors, program advertisers, and individual patrons. The band also sponsors a “Sample of Western New York” gift certificate raffle from selected area restaurants and retailers, 50-50 raffles at every concert, bake sales and other low-key fundraisers.

Downbeat for regular season concerts is 7 Wednesday evenings in Centennial Park in the City of Batavia.

All concerts are free to the public of all ages. Light refreshments are usually available. Bring the family, some friends, lawn chairs or a blanket… and enjoy!

Info contact:  Bob Knipe, [email protected], 343-5991 / 590-6457 (cell)

Batavia Concert Band
Summer 2012 concert season

Date/Time                        Conductor

June 20 -- 7 p.m.* -- Brad Meholick
June 27 -- 7 p.m.* -- Wayne Burlison
July 4  -- 12 noon -- Phil Briatico
July 11 -- 7 p.m.* -- Jane Haggett
July 18 -- 7 p.m.* -- Phil Briatico
July 25 -- 7 p.m.* -- Wayne Burlison
Aug. 1 -- 7 p.m.* -- Jane Haggett
Aug. 8 -- 7 p.m.* -- Derek Reiss & Dizzy

(*In the event of rain, concerts will move to Genesee Community College's Stuart Steiner Theatre. Notices will be posted at the NW corner of Centennial Park and announced on WBTA radio AM1490, and http://TheBatavian.com.)

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 11:03 pm

Photos: Batavia Concert Band at Centennial Park

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The Batavia Concert Band performed in Centennial Park, Batavia, on Wednesday evening. Wayne Burlison conducted.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 2:46 pm

No rain expected, so Concert Band will play in park tonight

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There's no rain in the forecast for this evening, so the Batavia Concert Band show will be held at Centennial Park as originally planned, according to Robert Knipe.

Show time is 7 p.m.

Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 6:27 pm

Batavia Concert Band ready for its 87th season

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Here's a press release from the Batavia Concert Band.

The Batavia Concert Band’s 87th season of music-making and free public concerts begins June 22 in Batavia’s Centennial Park. Additional concerts and parades will feature the band at other locations and times including Batavia’s popular July 4 Picnic in the Park.

The Batavia Concert Band’s repertoire is wide-ranging in origin, period and style: marches, Big Band and swing numbers, popular songs from musicals and movies, classical adaptations, rock favorites arranged for band, fun songs for kids of all ages … and everything in between.

The band consists of about 50 brass, woodwind and percussion players ranging from talented local high school students to 60-year veterans. Many have professional experience; the rest are advanced amateur musicians. All love to play.

The conductor’s podium will be shared by veterans Phil Briatico, Wayne Burlison, Jane Haggett, Brad Meholick and Josh Pacino. Derek Reiss and Dizzy will again (tentatively) cap this year’s Concerts in the Park on Aug. 10, as a benefit fundraiser for the Batavia Concert Band.

Founded in the early 1920s, the Batavia Concert Band has brought musical pleasure to the region every year except during World War II. The band currently enjoys financial support from GO-ART!, concert sponsors, program advertisers, and individual patrons. The band also sponsors a “Sample of Western New York” gift certificate raffle from selected area restaurants and retailers, 50-50 raffles at every concert, bake sales and other low-key fundraisers.

Downbeat for regular season concerts is 7 Wednesday evenings in Centennial Park*, except a July 6 performance at the VA Medical Center, in honor of our veterans. (* In the event of rain, concerts will move to Genesee Community College’s Stuart Steiner Theater. Notices will be posted at the northwest corner of Centennial Park and announced on WBTA.)

All concerts are free. Light refreshments are usually available. Bring the family, some friends, lawn chairs or a blanket… and enjoy!

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