POTSDAM—The fifth season of the Potsdam Community Band under the baton of Theresa Witmer will kick off on April 28 with the first of three informal “reading sessions.”
The music will be a selection that could be performed on the group’s two planned concerts this summer. Reorganized in 2010 after a two-decade hiatus, Potsdam Community Band is an organization of 50-80 musicians who rehearse and perform classic and contemporary wind band. Players of all ages playing ability form the group.
The band typically performs two to three public concerts a year in the summer and in January. Director Witmer strives for a healthy balance of fun and preparing a high-quality concert program that audiences of all ages will enjoy.
The first reading session is planned for April 28 at 7 p.m. in the Potsdam High School band room. Sessions two and three will be held May 12 and 19.
“Reading sessions are a no pressure, no commitment opportunity to play new music and just have a good time”, said Witmer. “We always welcome new players into the band and the reading sessions are a great way for a potential player to test-drive the group and see if it’s right for them”, she said.
Players who want to perform on the concert must attend at least three of six rehearsals, including the dress rehearsal July 7, and do whatever practicing is necessary at home to prepare for the concert.
High school students are welcome to join with parental permission and a note from the student’s band instructor.
A second summer concert is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, July 24 in Massena.