Bonita Springs Concert Band Dec. 15 at Riverside Park

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The next free concert by the Bonita Springs Concert Band will be Sunday, Dec. 15 at 2 p.m. at Riverside Park in downtown Old Bonita.
This is the band’s annual Christmas and holiday concert. Popular guest soloist Mark Sanders will perform “The Christmas Song,” “Nessum Dorma” and “This is the Moment.” Originally from Marion, Il., Mark spent 15 years in NYC and now calls Ft Myers home. He has appeared in numerous productions and concerts around the world. He was seen as Perchik in the Broadway national tour of Fiddler on the Roof and recently in “My Way: A salute to Frank Sinatra.” Join in the seasonal music that will include “Let the Bells Ring!” “Blues for Santa,” “Go Tell It On the Mountain,” “Hanukkah Joy-A Jewish Celebration” and more Christmas favorites.
The 90 band members are under the direction of Gary Smith who retired after 24 years as conductor of the University of Illinois Marching Illini Band. This is the sixth season that Gary has led the band. Gary says “the talent of these musicians is tremendous, ranging in age from 15 to 94.”
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