BG Community Bands perform Cabaret Pops Concert May 24

The BG BiG Band performs at the pre=fireworks concert in July, 2017.


The Bowling Green Area Community Bands present the annual Cabaret Pops Concert, featuring the Concert Band, the Jazz Band and guest musicians. After the traditional opening playing of the National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner,  the Concert Band will draw from a rich tradition of orchestral transcriptions and band repertoire.   Light Cavalry Overture, Boys of the Old Brigade, and John Philip Sousa’s Gallant Seventh March are among the audience favorites.

The Thursday evening concert, May 24, begins at 7:30pm in the Bowling Green Area Schools’ Performing Arts Center.  Located adjacent to Bowling Green High School at 530 West Poe Road, the PAC offers plenty of parking and is fully accessible for its patrons.

A novelty tune set to the poem Casey at the Bat, narrated by Jeff Shellhammer of Gahanna, OH and Saxsational, a feature for entire sax section add a touch a humor to the program. Mr. Shellhammer, an alumnus of the BGSU College of Musical Arts, will also guest conduct the Gallant Seventh, as the BGACB pays tribute to the late Mark S. Kelly, professor emeritus of the CMA.

The BiG Band BG, directed by Bill Lake, has programmed several feature tunes.   Henry Mancini’s Mr. Lucky features local resident Dan VanVorhis on soprano saxophone.   As Time Goes By will highlight the trumpet artistry of Brian Bushong, a long-time member of Bowling Green’s Tower Brass Quintet. Many band members will stand out on the Stevie Wonder hit Sir Duke.

The Bowling Green Area Community Band Concert and Jazz Bands are comprised of nearly 80 adults from Bowling Green and the greater northwest Ohio area. Several were members of various Wood County high school band programs and many were involved with the band department at Bowling Green State University.  Among the bands’ conductors, two are BGSU College of Musical Arts alumni and one is retired faculty from the CMA.

The concert is free of charge, with donations greatly appreciated. The BGACB is a non-profit, 501(c)3, entirely volunteer organization.