Drummer Dale Stitt is the featured soloist at the Lake Havasu Symphonic Winds Concert Band’s upcoming concert on Oct. 20.

The new concert season for the Lake Havasu Symphonic Winds Concert Band will begin with an Oct. 20 performance entitled “Autumn and Music”.

The concert will be held on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 3 p.m. at the Lake Havasu Performing Arts Center at the High School.

The Symphonic Winds is a 30-plus member community band comprised of local musicians.

The concert, under the direction of Kimberly Lehmann, will present a dozen musical selections from a variety of genres, including “So Nice” (aka, “Summer Samba”); “Novena”, a hauntingly beautiful piece by James Swearingen; a calypso tune by Harry Belafonte called “Jump in the Line”; and since Halloween is coming up, the band will also be playing the favorites, ”Ghost in the Attic” and “Abracadabra”.

The concert includes drummer Dale Stitt as its featured soloist. Stitt will perform in a composition called “Concerto for Drum Set and Concert Band” by Larry Neeck. This piece demonstrates the various stylistic techniques of well-known drummers: Sandy Nelson (from the rock group The Hollywood Argyles and more); Joe Morello (famous for his work in the Dave Brubeck Quartet) and Gene Krupa (who can forget his solo in the Benny Goodman swing classic “Sing, Sing, Sing”?).

Stitt’s work behind the drum set will also be highlighted in two more pieces saluting the great music of the Big-Band era.

Stitt has been the drummer and leader of the percussion section for the Lake Havasu Symphonic Winds since 2002.

Tickets are available at the box office prior to the concert or in advance at Sound Bank Electronics. Tickets are $10 per adult. Children with an adult and students with school ID are admitted free. For information, call Loretta Croteau at 928-680-6927 or visit lhswinds.com


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