Concert in the Park will begin its 118th season this evening at Liberty Park with a wide variety of musical numbers including marches and selections from popular spy shows and “The Sound of Music.”
“This year we’re doing seven concerts instead of six,” Band Conductor Britt Faaborg said. “This is the first time, that I know of, that we’ve done seven.”
Concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. every Thursday at Convention Hall through July 30.
“There are some (Sedalia) Symphony members in it, but it’s people, not only from Sedalia, but surrounding communities,” Faaborg said. “We have people that come as far away as Versailles; we have some people from Cole Camp, from Warrensburg; we have one person who comes down from Odessa.”
There are approximately 60 band members, with a wide variety of ages spanning early teens to 90-years-old.
“We have been really getting more youth involved in the band the last few years,” he added.
Songs highlighted for tonight’s concert will feature a “Crime Busters” medley.
“Which is an audience favorite,” Faaborg said. “It’s a medley of songs from spy shows of the genre from the ’60s, like ‘Mission Impossible,’ ‘Get Smart,’ ‘Secret Agent Man,’ and ‘Dragnet.’ We always do a couple marches, it’s pretty much a given that you have to do some marches, (and) we’re going to do a medley from ‘The Sound of Music.’
“We try to do a wide variety of music,” he noted. “We don’t limit ourselves to just one style. We do show tunes, we do old standards (and) we’ll do some Big Band once in awhile.”
The band also has guest artists each week. This week Ruth Dale and a group of line dancers will perform. For the July 2 concert the Sedalia Chorale will perform with the band with a patriotic music theme. The Sedalia Chorale will also be the featured guests for the July 23 concert, Faaborg added.
Concert goers need not worry about the summer heat; all the concerts will be played inside where it is cool.
“You don’t have to worry about bugs, you don’t have to worry about rain, you don’t have to worry about somebody falling in a hole,” he said with a laugh. “Our audiences are always just tremendously big. (We have) 300 to close to 400 by the time the season’s over. We have some real die-hard fans.”
Faaborg added that some fans arrive as early as 6 p.m. for the 7:30 p.m. concert. Although chairs are provided, he welcomed visitors to bring their own lawn chairs and relax and enjoy the music.
Concert in the Park will begin at 7:30 p.m. tonight inside Convention Hall at Liberty Park.