Mercer County Community Band Celebrates 25 Years; Performs May 25

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Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, the Mercer County Community Band will perform its spring concert at Kelsey Theatre on the campus of Mercer County Community College on May 25 at 8 p.m. Admission is free. The performance is wide-ranging and includes American composers, selections from films and musicals including "Annie" and "Harry Potter," classical pieces transcribed for band, and more.

More than 300 area musicians have participated in the band over the years. Although there are no auditions, band members must successfully master their part. Band Director Louis Woodruff, an adjunct faculty member at Mercer, says "The band captures the essence of the community, involving generations dedicated to a shared mission." The youngest band member is 14; the oldest is 84.

The band performs winter and spring concerts to packed houses, and performs at Mercer County Community College’s graduation, at retirement homes and at special events, including town functions such as the Cranbury 4th of July celebration. The band offers two very popular interactive children's concerts each year at Kelsey Theatre. "One of our missions is music education," Woodruff said. "We highlight pieces of composition before playing them to draw the audience in, whether it's adults or children."

The community band is a family affair. The marriage of two band members resulted in a son who also plays in the band. Another mother and son participate, as well as a brother and sister team. Practice is held at Mercer County Community College's music studio every Monday evening.

The band in supported by the college and the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission.

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