Farmington Community Band to perform on Belle Isle

The 90-piece Farmington Community Band, under the direction of Damien Crutcher, will help launch the Music On Belle Isle Group (MOBIG) “River Blast! 2018,” a concert band series held Sunday afternoons all summer at Belle Isle State Park.

The FCB will perform at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 17; the Royal Oak Concert Band, under the direction of Kevin Czarnik, follows at 4 p.m. The concerts will be held at Sunset Point, on the northern tip of the island.

Members of MOBIG are dedicated to returning to Belle Isle’s summer music tradition of concerts at the Remick Bandshell, and to promoting the restoration/reconstruction of that structure. Erected in 1950 by Detroit music publisher Jerome H. Remick, the Bandshell was a popular venue for the renowned Detroit Concert Band until 1980.

Listeners would sit on the rows of green park benches, lie on blankets on the lawn, or sit in their canoes pulled up on the shore. The 40 x 80 foot stage could accommodate 80 musicians. The structure included restrooms, a radio control room, dressing and assembly rooms and storage.

River Blast! attendees should look for lawn signs directing traffic to concert locations and are advised to bring lawn chairs and blankets for their comfort. Concerts may be cancelled at last minute due to weather conditions.

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The FCB Concert Band will also perform at Heritage Park on Thursday, June 14, 7 p.m., as part of the Stars In the Park summer concert series.

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