Dexter Community Band To Honor Fallen Cyclist, Band Member Karen McKeachie

karen mckeachie
karen mckeachie

It may still be winter, but the Dexter Community Band will be taking audiences on an Italian vacation at its Feb. 26 concert, during which the group will honor fallen member Karen McKeachie.

Director William Gourley has selected a range of musical moods, from the past glories of the Roman republic to the majesty of the Italian Alps, as well as opera and 1950’s pop.

Saxophone section member Abbey Herrman will sing selections from Puccini’s familiar aria “O Mio Babbino Caro,” and “Nel blu, dipinto diblu,” a song also known as Volare that has been recorded by a broad range of performers including Dean Martin, David Bowie and Luciano Pavarotti.

At the concert, the band will honor McKeachie, a former member of the French horn section who died in a cycling accident last August. Two of the musical selections, “Poema Alpestre” by Franco Cesarini and “The Pines of the Appian Way” by Ottorino Respighi, feature the Dexter Community Band French horn section.

“Not only do these selections have artistic depth, they pay tribute to Karen, most notably the Poema Alpeste with the horn part in the Alpeggio, or mountain pasture, movement,” said Gourley.

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.

The band will play its final concert of the 2016-17 season April 30. 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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