MIDDLEPORT — A band concert, homemade ice cream and fellowship with others is, for most folks, a perfect way to spend a summer evening.
Last Friday, the Big Bend Community Band, under the direction of Toney Dingess, performed for the last time until practice resumes in November, while those attending snacked on homemade ice cream, and pulled pork and chicken sandwiches.
The band played several numbers, including tunes from the Broadway musical “Fiddler On The Roof,” with the finale of the evening being March Jubilee. The crowd favorite seemed to be “A Salute to Armed Forces,” beginning with Taps, followed by official songs from all branches of the armed services, and concluding with audience recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.
The Big Bend Community Band has been in existence since 1992, having three different directors over that time period, William Hall, Roger Williams and Toney Dingess.
During Friday night’s concert, photos, posters and news clippings of the band’s activities, over the past 22 years, were on display for concertgoers to enjoy.
The community band will resume practice in the fall, on Monday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m. beginning Nov. 3. It will be at the Riverbend Arts Council, 290 N. Second Ave. in Middleport. Those interested in joining the band are welcome to attend.
There were approximately 75 people in attendance for the Friday night concert and the evening concluded with a Chinese auction. All activities were sponsored by the Riverbend Arts Council.