Dexter Community Band offers “Great Adventure” at Annual Winter Concert

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From Star Wars to ET, Tom Sawyer to the Wizard of Oz, audiences will share in a musical Great Adventure at the Dexter Community Band’s annual winter concert on Sunday, Feb. 28.

The 3 p.m. concert will be held at the Center for Performing Arts in Dexter High School, 2200 North Parker Road, Dexter. Admission is free. For additional concert information contact Karla Linkner at 734-426-2734.

In addition to composer John William’s familiar Star Wars and ET themes, the musical journey features popular songs from the Wizard of Oz. The adventures of Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher are also brought to life by Swiss composer Franco Cesarini, who weaves classic American folk melodies into an original suite.

In the Adventure Tale of Professor ALEX, Japanese-born Daisuke Shimizu sets to music the travels of a fictitious archeologist, while John Philip Sousa takes a marching adventure in Transit of Venus. Finally, the band departs from traditional wind ensemble music for an improvisational adventure of their own in Jazzin’ It Up by Harry Richards.

The Dexter Community Band’s free concerts are made possible in part through sponsors like the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, which provided support for the Great Adventures concert.

The band will play its final concert of the 2015-16 season May 1.

Founded in 1982, the Dexter Community Band is comprised of volunteer musicians from the local area. A registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the band performs professional-level symphonic wind music at four free concerts a year. There are also several free “Evening of Ensembles” featuring small groups from the band. For additional information about the band or how to provide financial support, please visit

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