The Galion Community Band, which is open to all area musicians, is getting ready to start rehearsals in preparation for two summer concerts.

“I am hoping that area high school musicians and college students coming back for the summer, as well as adult musicians will join the band this summer,” said longtime band organizer Brian Treisch. “We are hoping to have at least 26 musicians join us this year. We are in particular need of woodwinds and percussion.”

The band will play a mixture of traditional marches, concert band literature, and show music, and is hoping to be joined by the Galion Community Chorus for the July 1 concert. The Community Chorus, under the direction of Randy Mann, will join the band for several rehearsals and is open to all choral singers. The Chorus has performed Handel’s “Messiah” since 1955.

Anyone interested in joining the band or chorus can simply attend the first rehearsal or call Treisch at 419-566-5326. Chorus rehearsals will be held at 2 p.m. in the Galion High School band room on June 4, 11, and 25. The band will rehearse on the same dates at 2:45 p.m. The band will rehearse alone at 2 p.m. on July 23, 30, and Aug. 6 in the band room.

Concert dates are Saturday, July 1, at 6 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 13, at 3 p.m. Both concerts will be held at the band shell in Heise Park, just north of the Galion YMCA. The July 1 concert will celebrate America with several patriotic favorites. “We want to honor veterans during this concert,” said Treisch. The August concert will be a mix of marches, concert band literature, and selections from Broadway.

Both summer concerts are made possible by the generous support of the Galion Community Foundation and the assistance of Galion City Schools.

Submitted by the Galion Community Band.