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Monday, June 13, 2022

 



The Whitehouse Wind Symphony, a community band under the direction of Branchburg resident James P. Sheeley, Jr., will present four free concerts this June! (Above: The Whitehouse Wind Symphony performs to a full audience at its namesake venue. CREDIT: Dianna Stone)

WHEN: Saturday, June 11, 2022, outside, at 1pm
WHERE:
  Hunterdon County Fairgrounds (a.k.a. South County Park, 1207 Route 179, Ringoes, NJ 08551)

This concert was part of the seventh annual Hunterdon Community Day fair taking place from 11am to 4pm that day. Limited seating may be provided; audience members are welcome to bring their own chairs and picnic blankets. Hunterdon Community Day is sponsored by the Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and Hunterdon County and includes a wide range of family-friendly activities including a petting zoo, pony rides, reptile show, tethered balloon rides, games, demonstrations, food vendors, and other activities.


WHEN: Friday, June 17, 2022, outside, at 7pm
WHERE:
Quarry at the Red Mill Museum Village (56 Main Street, Clinton, NJ 08809). 

This concert is presented in partnership with the Town of Clinton Recreation Commission. Audience members of all ages are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and chairs. (Above: The Whitehouse Wind Symphony warms up in the Quarry at the Red Mill Museum Village in Clinton before a previous performance. CREDIT: Jaimee Hawkin)


WHEN: Tuesday, June 21, 2022, outside, at 7pm
WHERE:
  White Oak Park (235 Baird Street, Branchburg, NJ). 

This concert is presented in conjunction with the Branchburg Department of Recreation. Audience members of all ages are encouraged to bring picnic blankets and chairs. (Above: A large audience fills the Quarry at the Red Mill Museum Village for a performance by the Whitehouse Wind Symphony! CREDIT: Sean Rogan)

WHEN: 3pm on Saturday, June 25, 2022
WHERE: inside the air-conditioned sanctuary of Whitehouse United Methodist Church (73 Old Highway 28, Whitehouse, NJ 08888)

The band is excited to return to its namesake and rehearsal venue to close its 2021-2022 season. As this concert is taking place indoors, face masks for protection against COVID-19 are recommended, but not required. The church is fully wheelchair accessible via the elevator at the west entrance of the building.

At each of these concerts, attendees can expect to hear a wide range of the band’s repertoire. This includes classical transcriptions, such as Franz Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture; selections from Broadway shows, such as The Sound of Music and Les Mis√©rables; patriotic marches and tunes, such as “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa and a tribute to our armed forces; musical selections from films such as Star Wars; and even arrangements of classic rock songs, such as those by the Beach Boys.

ADMISSION: These concerts are free and open to the general public, although free-will offerings will be accepted. 

In the event of inclement weather or public health emergency, the announcement to postpone or cancel any of these concerts will be made on the band’s website (whitehousewindsymphony.org), Facebook page (facebook.com/whitehousewind), and Instagram feed (instagram.com/whitehousewind). 

Attendees must adhere to all safety guidelines as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and mandated by the local and state government. Attendance at any of these concerts is at one’s own risk; discretion is advised, especially for those at high-risk for infection for COVID-19.

The Whitehouse Wind Symphony was founded by conductor emeritus Casey Bork on April 15, 1996. It is dedicated to presenting the best in all varieties of wind band literature. Since its founding, the band has grown rapidly, attracting experienced musicians as regular members from all over New Jersey, as well as New York City and eastern Pennsylvania. It is now comprised of approximately 50 amateur and professional musicians who perform together regularly to enthusiastic audiences throughout central and northern New Jersey. The band was recently named the winner of the 2022 Hunterdon Happening List in the category of favorite band/musician!

The Whitehouse Wind Symphony is committed to making music accessible to all. For information about venue accessibility, please send an email to whitehousewindsymphony@gmail.com, or call the band’s ADA coordinator, Margaret Smith, at 908-534-6662.

Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through funds administered by the Hunterdon County Cultural & Heritage Commission.