Sounds of the summer

The air in downtown Fredonia was alive with the sound of music – quite literally – as the Cassadaga Area Band kicked off the 2013 Fredonia Gazebo Concert Series Wednesday evening with a variety of upbeat songs, including a medley from the hit musical “The Sound of Music.”

About 150 people brought their lawn chairs or sat on the Barker Common benches to listen to songs such as “Seventy-six Trombones,” “The Yankee Doodle Boy,” and several songs from the famous composer John Philip Sousa, such as “Semper Fidelis” and “The Thunderer.”

“It was a nice night to come down here,” audience member Evelyn DuBois said, who attended the concert with her friend, Irene Bentley.

“We also enjoy the music,” Bentley said.

The two women said they are looking forward to the end of the concert series, as they enjoy country music quite a bit. Country singer Sean Patrick McGraw is scheduled to perform Aug. 28.

This was the first summer concert of several that the village of Fredonia will be holding. Upcoming concerts include the Wallace-Farina Band on Wednesday and the Dave Yuen Show on July 10. A concert will be held every Wednesday, leading up to McGraw as the final performance.

During the concert, Lou Barresi, the band’s conductor, announced this was his first year leading the band.

“I came to the concert because my wife (Sharon) and daughter (Kim Gates) play in the band,” audience member Larry Morrison said. “I might go to some of the other concerts during the series, too.”

According to Morrison, the Cassadaga Area Band is scheduled to perform at seven different venues throughout Chautauqua County during the summer. The band is composed of about 25 musicians and has been in existence for over 20 years.

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