Rock on the Beach today! April 6, 2 PM

The Cape Cod Concert Band offers a trip down memory lane with “Rock on the Beach,” celebrating the music of the 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. It’s retro-rock played by a 42-piece band on Saturday, April 6 at 2 PM at the Saint John Paul II High School Auditorium, 120 High School Road in Hyannis. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

If Elvis is the granddaddy of rock and roll, the Beatles are the cool uncles. That’s why the concert will begin and end with a tribute to the Fab Four. The band, under the direction of John P. Hagon, will open with a catchy medley featuring Lennon and McCartney’s Hello, Goodbye, Penny Lane, Ticket to Ride and Can’t Buy Me Love.  The band will be closing the concert with the same piece—but the second time, the audience will be invited to sing the words.

The participatory reprise will be led by Frank Noonan, who plays euphonium with the CCCB. A retired soloist and director of Army and Marine Bands, Frank spends his summers as the fun-loving conductor of the Sandwich Town Band, where he’s been known to put down the baton to take a solo—on whatever lower brass instrument might be handy.  Frank also leads the South Coast Musicians, an instrumental and vocal group that performs throughout the region.

There will also be music by hit-makers like Aerosmith, The Spice Girls, Bryan Adams and Julie Gold, with tunes made popular by Celine Dion, Barry Manilow and Bette Midler. “Come to this concert ready to rock—and yes—ready to sing along!

The Cape Concert Band is an all-volunteer 42-piece wind and percussion ensemble, funded by audience donations and community support, including grants from the Cape Cod Melody Tent and the Elizabeth B. McGraw Foundation.  Visit www.capecodconcertband.org to learn more.

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