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North Coast concert, big bands to perform

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 28, 2015 at 3:53 PM

The North Coast Concert Band and North Coast Big Band will present a free spring concert at 3 p.m. April 29 in the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center of Norwalk High School, 360 Shady Lane Drive.

Concert band director Nick Ezzone and his assistant, Marlene Turner, will lead the band in a variety of selections, including marches by John Philip Sousa and Edwin Franko Goldman; "The Great Gate of Kiev" from Moussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition"; and a medley of songs from "Pirates of the Caribbean."

Featured instrumentalists are: Sandusky resident Barb Werner presenting a trumpet solo in "Stars in a Velvety Sky;" and alto saxophonist Cary Ashby and tenor sax player Art Stewart playing the duet "Pepperino."

Joining the concert band for two selections will be vocalist Abby Paskvan of Bowling Green. Abby is in the fifth grade at St. Aloysius School in Bowling Green. She sings regularly with the St. Mark Lutheran Church praise band. Abby also has performed the National Anthem at several Bowling Green State University sports events and appeared in several campus theater productions.

The big band, led by Gary Keller, will add traditional big-band vocals and instruments to the afternoon's performance.

Summer performances of the Concert Band are scheduled in Tiffin, Sandusky, Fremont, Willard, Marblehead and Kelleys Island. All concerts are free and open to the public.

The Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center is handicapped accessible and there is parking at the door. The concert is sponsored by the United Fund of Monroeville, Norwalk, and Wakeman.

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