Rockford Community Band and Rogue River Artists perform at annual Start of Summer event

Throughout the Rockford area, people are eagerly anticipating Rockford’s annual Start of Summer event scheduled for June 13 – 16. This hugely popular West Michigan event kicks off at 5 pm Thursday evening and runs through 5 pm Sunday.

SOS-RAAC-BandEvery year, festival-goers enjoy the live concert presented by the Rockford Community Band. This year, the band will perform at 12:30 on Saturday, June 15th in the Rotary pavilion at the corner of Squire Street and Courtland. Band Director, Tiffany Engle said, “We will be presenting a concert themed ‘Tributes and Dedications’.”

This concert is an extension of the Rockford Community Band’s April concert program. Their repertoire, Engle explained, consists of various musical tributes ranging from classic American marches to medleys of music by Herb Alpert, Cole Porter and Leroy Anderson along with a medley of Disney tunes.

“We will also,” Engle said, “honor our service men and women through a special Armed Forces Salute.”

The Rockford Community Band is a subsidiary organization of the Rockford Area Arts Commission. In addition to directing the RCB, Engle is also Associate Professor/Director of Bands at The Department of Music at Calvin College.

SOS-RRAA_BoothThe Rogue River Artists’ Association is another RAAC subsidiary participating in the Start of Summer event. Members will be exhibiting their artwork in two tents in the downtown area Crafts Fair on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday only, Rogue River Artists will also be demonstrating various art medium techniques on the lawn area in front of Herman’s Boy Inc. at 220 Old Northland Drive.

President of the Rogue River Artists, Mary Myszka said, “This opportunity to demonstrate painting, drawing and other techniques offers the public a rare opportunity to see visual art being created in front of their eyes.” The association thanks Herman’s Boy for providing the space to perform these demonstrations during Start of Summer Saturday.


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