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Songs of Spring, Muskoka Concert Band at United Church in Gravenhurst June 4 at 2 p.m

GRAVENHURST – Muskoka is amazing when it comes to the arts and value for dollar, says Roger Bolt.

mcb poster june 4 (Small)A tuba and trumpet player, he’s a member of a number bands and small groups.

He’s also a member of the Trinity United Church in Gravenhurst, where he’ll be playing this Sunday, June 4, at 2 p.m., along with the Muskoka Concert Band.

“For the little amount of money you pay and the great quality of the music and performances you get, it’s a real steal of a deal,” he says.

From bands to plays, the calibre is often right up there with what you get in Toronto, he emphasizes.

And for relatively next to nothing. Usually tickets are only $10 to $15 for many local shows and maybe double for larger Rotary musicals. But still a great bargain. Heck, you’d pay that for parking down south.

But there is a cost and he knows that, which is why the MCB and Trinity United Church have had a longtime collaborative arrangement as part of joint free-will offering sharing agreement.

Each November MCB conductor Neil Barlow leads the and in a moving Remembrance Day service the Sunday before Nov. 11.

Last month MCB cornetist Fran Harvey, conductor of the Metropolitan Silver Band, brought the Toronto group in for a morning church service after a previous evening’s performance with the MCB in Huntsville.

And so this week’s Songs of Spring concert is no excetpion, as Barlow has the band play a mixture of classical, pop, broadway, jazz and big band pieces.

And Trinity is a great place to hear the band, like a lot of churchs that are opening their doors to musicians and concerts the past number of years. Even St. Paul’s United Church in Orillia has taken its pews out and modified the sanctuary area to convert itself into a centre for religious and secular use. 

Join the MCB for a 90-minute afternoon concert that will remind you how lucky you are to see and hear local musical talents that are of the best value money can buy.

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