The Westport Community Band and area middle school musicians, including many from Weston, are participating in the annual “Play with the Community Band” project in a concert on Friday, May 10, at 8 p.m. in the Bedford Middle School auditorium in Westport.
For the 17th year, the Westport Band has invited local middle school band directors to nominate instrumental students to participate in this activity. These students have rehearsed not only among themselves but also with the Community Band to prepare for the concert that concludes this year’s project.
Community Band members mentor the younger musicians in an exchange of musical information that has proved beneficial to the young students.
Both groups are under the direction of the Westport Community Band director, Sal LaRusso, who is also the director of the Weston High School band.
Participants are from Middlebrook School, Wilton; Reed Intermediate School, Newtown; the Housatonic Valley Waldorf School, Newtown; St. Luke’s School, New Canaan; the Side By Side Charter School, Norwalk; the Christian Heritage School, Trumbull; St. Catherine of Sienna School, Trumbull; Turn of River School, Stamford; and Weston Middle School.
Participating musicians from Weston Middle School are flute players Lauren Bigelow and Carolyn Zech; bass clarinetist Michael Richardson; Garrett Landon and Garrett Meyerson on alto saxophone; trumpet players Ben Kadezabek and Jaden Yon; and trombonists Matt Egan and Oliver Zych.
Each year members of the Community Band look forward to helping to mentor their younger fellow musicians. To date, more that 950 area student musicians have participated in the program.
The Westport Community Band is an all volunteer nonprofit organization. The approximately 65 members are from all over Fairfield County, and some travel from out of state as well.
In addition to providing its members with an opportunity to continue their involvement with music, the Westport Band has a strong commitment to performing at community events in the area, such as appearances at Weston’s Fourth of July festivities.