The Galion Community Band is gearing up for another summer filled with music, rehearsals, and free concerts for the public. With a rich history dating back to 1976, the band continues to bring together talented local musicians of all ages and backgrounds.

Rehearsal Schedule Set

Rehearsals are scheduled for the following Sundays:

  • June 9
  • June 23
  • June 30
  • July 14
  • July 21
  • July 28

All rehearsals will begin at 2:00 PM and will take place in the band room of Galion High School. Musicians from all over the area are invited to join and prepare for the summer concerts.

Concert Dates and Themes

Fourth of July Celebration

Date: Saturday, July 6
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Pavilion of the First United Church of Christ, 248 Harding Way West, Galion

The first concert will be a patriotic celebration, featuring a collaboration with the Galion Community Chorus. The performance will include a special recognition of all veterans, making it a poignant event for the community.

Honoring Lew Friend

Date: Sunday, August 4
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Pavilion of the First United Church of Christ, 248 Harding Way West, Galion

The second concert will honor Lew Friend, a 1978 Galion graduate with a distinguished music career in the Army Band and at Ashland University. Recently retired from teaching, Friend has been an active member of the Community Band since its inception. This concert promises to be a heartfelt tribute to his contributions to music and the community.

Join the Band

The Galion Community Band is open to all area musicians, with a particular need for woodwind players. Last year’s ensemble included community members with experience in military bands and students from schools such as Galion, Crestline, Northmor, Colonel Crawford, and Clear Fork.

Organizer Brian Treisch expressed enthusiasm for this summer’s program, saying, “We hope to see a great turnout from students of surrounding schools to join with us to play a challenging summer program.” Those interested can reach out to Treisch at 419-566-5326 for more information.

Community Support

The band’s ongoing success is made possible by generous support from various community members and organizations, including:

  • Galion Community Foundation
  • Metronome Music
  • Bill and Marilyn Stepro
  • Schneider Funeral Home
  • H. R. Wolf Hardware
  • Galion Kiwanis
  • Phil’s Deli
  • Galion City Schools

Come Enjoy the Music

Both concerts are free to the public, with a free-will donation requested. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and enjoy the performances in the beautiful outdoor setting of the church pavilion.

The Galion Community Band continues to be a testament to the power of community and music, providing a platform for local musicians to showcase their talents and bring joy to audiences of all ages.

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