BG band to host cabaret-style showWritten by Brigitta Burks | News Editor | BBurks@toledofreepress.com
The Bowling Green Area Community Band, under the direction of Thomas Headley, plans to have showgoers dancing at its first cabaret-style concert March 24.
“We have a theme where every single piece we’re playing has some kind of dance tie-in. We’ve got ‘West Side Story’ music, ballet and swing,” said Heidi Reger, spokesperson and first-chair flutist for the band.
The band is made up of about 75 members, ranging from high-school aged to about 90. Many of the members have varied backgrounds. Reger is an architect who has played flute for about 30 years while Mayor John Quinn plays the saxophone. The show also features musical group the Tower Brass Quintet and table seating.
Despite members’ differences, the band has a great time together, Reger said.
“It’s been a really great experience. We have a bond of music,” she said.
The “Gotta Dance!” show will feature about 13 pieces over an hour and a half and includes an intermission. The pieces are some of the most challenging songs the band has done, but the songs are also lot of fun, Reger said.
“Once people hear the music, they’ll say, ‘I know that, I’ve heard that before.’ [The songs] are exciting. They’re gonna get your heart rate going,” she added.
Community involvement from groups like the Kiwanis Club of Bowling Green and the Key Club made the show possible, Reger said. First Federal Bank and Bowling Green Parks and Recreation also helped sponsor the event.
Tickets are $10 and drinks and appetizers will be available. Tickets are presale only and are sold at Grounds for Thought, 174 S. Main St., Bowling Green. “Gotta Dance!” is 8 p.m. March 24 at the Bowling Green Training and Community Center, 1245 W. Newton Road, Bowling Green.