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Sun City Concert, Pops bands highlight fall season
The Sun City Concert Band

George Zoske and Larry Swanson, respective musical directors of the Sun City Concert Band and the Sun City Pops Band, will be busy this summer organizing and planning the new fall concerts.Last season, the bands played to more than 10,000 people in the West Valley.

The Sun City Concert and Pops Bands will be playing more than 15 free concerts next season. The schedule includes concerts throughout the area.

The combined bands have more than 250 musicians - mostly retired, professional musicians and non-professional musicians who have played an average of more than 50 years. Many of the band musicians have played in Broadway shows, Hollywood movies, symphony orchestras, and as part of the Big Band era. The average age of these musicians is more than 70 years of age.

Many of the Sun City musicians spend the summer months in cooler climates. However, they take their musical instruments with them and continue to maintain musical proficiency by performing with local musical groups.
A perfect example of this is Concert and Pops trombonist, Len Shykind. Mr. Shykind spends summers in San Diego and plays with several San Diego musical groups, which include, in part, the San Diego Concert Band, The City Guard Band and several others.

When Mr. Shykind and the rest of the musicians return to the Sun Cities, they have maintained their musical skills and are ready for an outstanding new musical season in the West Valley.

One of the highlights featured with the Concert Band last season, but this year with the Pops Band, will be a free drawing for a three-day stay at the Pacific Terrace Hotel in San Diego right on the beach. The prize is valued at more than $1,000. The drawing is sponsored by Independent Newspapers.

The only requirement is to attend the designated free Pops concert to receive a numbered ticket for a drawing at that particular concert. There is nothing to buy. Last year, a resident of Sun City won the prize and took along two friends to San Diego. When they arrived at the Pacific Terrace Hotel, to their surprise the rooms were upgraded. The hotel staff was gracious and attentive to their every need. Listening to the waves every night and being on the boardwalk was truly an added treat. They also enjoyed a lot of things that San Diego is noted for.

Both bands will again this year feature celebrity guest soloists. The free concert schedule and soloists will be finalized over the summer, guaranteeing truly professional musicians. Those interested can get on the e-mail list and receive all the exact dates and times of the next season's free concerts. In early fall, the complete schedule will be published and reminders prior to each concert will be sent through e-mail. The pledge of both musical directors is that names will only be used to e-mail and will not be sold or given to anyone.

E-mail popsband@cox.net for a free schedule and reminders of coming concerts.

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