FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information: Susan Dillon, administrator Maplewood Community Music 973-477-4229
FREE BAND CONCERT FOR FAMILIES AT JEFFERSON SCHOOL ON MARCH 23 On March 23, 2011, the Maplewood Community Band, under the direction of Tom McGee, will present a concert for families at Jefferson School in Maplewood entitled "Variation on a Musical Theme: Familiar Tunes with a Few Twists"; the program will also feature the popular children's classic Peter and the Wolf, featuring Maplewood Township Committee member Jerry Ryan as narrator.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS Tom McGee, in his second full season as the musical director of the Maplewood Community Band, is a trumpet player who performs frequently with symphony orchestras in the New York metro area. He studied music theory at Baldwin-Wallace college, where he also focused on conducting.
Maplewood Township Committee member Jerry Ryan notes that he first heard Peter And The Wolf when he was in the third grade, and the sound of Peter's string quartet still brings a smile to his face. When he is not narrating Prokofiev classics, Jerry manages people working on cell phone software for Motorola Droids, and serves on the Township Committee. Unfortunately, neither of those jobs comes with a musical accompaniment.
Maplewood Community Music, is an organization dedicated to community music and service in Maplewood run by musical director emeritus Jim Buchanan and administrator Susan Dillon. The group includes a concert band led by Tom McGee, swing band (“Swing Town”) led by Ben Williams, Dixieland band (“Jackson Square”), and trombone choir. The organization also runs an instrumental music camp for local children each summer. It is run under the auspices of the Maplewood Department of Recreation and Cultural Affairs, George Rague director. Marcy Thompson is the director of arts.