Band concert to feature tenor soloist

EATON — The Eaton Area Community Band will present a special concert on Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Eaton Performing Arts Center (located on Hillcrest Drive at the High School). This is the first in a series of summer concerts, and will feature tenor Brian Rodgers, from Richmond, Indiana.

Rodgers will be joining the band in several selections. The first will be three movements from “Old American Songs,” by Aaron Copland. The second will be a medley of Irish ballads arranged for Rodgers by EACB band director Tad Stewart. He has titled it “A Bit 0’ the Irish.”

“The piece highlights Brian Rodgers impressive vocal range … He is a true Irish tenor,” Stewart said.

The concert will also include the “NC-4 March,” which was written in dedication to the aircraft and crew which made the first true trans-Atlantic flight in 1919. Preble County native Clarence Kessler was aboard that flight.

The concert will be just one hour.

On Sunday, July 1, the band will be performing at the Preble County Historical Farm as part of the July 4th celebration. That concert is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. The following Sunday, July 8, there will be a combined concert with the Greene County Civic Band. As with all their other combined concerts, the bands will perform two selections together as a “grand finale.”