NorthCascades Concert Band to play Saturday

Published on Thu, Jul 20, 2006 by ara Nelson

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North Cascades Concert Band to play Saturday

By Tara Nelson

The North Cascades Concert band will perform in Blaine this Saturday as part of the Sculptures, Sunsets, and Serenades concert at 6:30 p.m. in Blaine Marine Park.

Attendants are invited to bring a picnic dinner, lawn chair, or a blanket and enjoy sights and sounds of the harbor and Blaine Marine Park at the fifth annual community concert.

The band will be playing a collection of John Philip Sousa marches and other favorites including the Armed Forces Salute, Amarito Roca, A Spanish March, Swing’s The Thing, Root Beer Rag, and the Gershwin Medley.

The North Cascades Concert Band is a compilation of more than 50 musicians from the surrounding communities of Anacortes, Arlington, Bellingham, Blaine, Burlington, Bow, Camano Island, Everett, Ferndale, Mercer Is,  Mount Vernon,  Marysville, Oak Harbor,  Redmond,  Stanwood, and  Sedro Woolley. The band will perform their third Sculptures, Sunsets and Serenades concert in Blaine Marine Park.

The director is Lylburn Layer, of Mercer Island, who is a founding member of the Navy Steel Band and member of the U.S. Navy Band in Washington, D.C.

Layer also performed for several years in the Pasadena Symphony, in addition to working for Seattle Pacific University as director of instrumental music and conductor of both the school’s wind ensemble and symphony orchestra.

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