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A patriotic night in Angola with Buffalo Niagara Concert Band

Director Amy Steiner’s daughter London (center) made a guest appearance to sing “Let It Go” from Disney’s “Frozen.”
ANGOLA — On July 16, the fifth installation in Angola’s 2014 Summer Lawn Chair Concert Series commenced at 7 p.m. for a performance by the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band, under clear skies.

“We have one of the largest groups we’ve ever had,” said Angola’s Deputy Mayor Bill Houston, as he introduced the band and its roster of more than 70 members. “And it’s one of the very best groups we’ve ever had, too.”

After the audience greeted conductor Amy Steiner, as she took the podium, the Buffalo Niagara Concert Band began the evening with a performance of the national anthem, as the American Legion Post No. 928, the sponsors for Wednesday’s concert, presented the flag.

The show’s selections carried on in a similarly patriot spirit, as the band continued with Morton Gould’s “American Salute,” John Philip Sousa’s “Semper Fidelis” and Robert Jager’s “Espirit de Corps.”

The Buffalo Niagara Band also was able to incorporate some classic pop songs into its set list. The group reached back to classic standards, such as George and Ira Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch over Me” from the 1926 musical “Oh, Kay!” as well as a medley of the Frank Sinatra standards “New York, New York,” “It Was a Very Good Year,” “The Lady Is a Tramp” and “My Way.”

Alongside these more traditional songs, concert-goers were also serenaded with renditions of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” and the hit song from Disney’s “Frozen,” “Let It Go” with a guest vocal performance by Steiner’s daughter, London.

The Buffalo Niagara Concert Band took the stage on July 16, for the fifth in Angola’s Summer Lawn Chair Concert Series.
After a brief intermission midway through the evening, the Buffalo Niagara Band returned to the patriotic tone of their first set, as they continued their performance with E.E. Bagley’s “National Emblem March,” Samuel Ward’s “America the Beautiful” and Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America.”

Before closing out the show with a rendition of Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the band paid tribute to those who had served in the armed forces, as they played the songs designated to the United States Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard, having veterans within the audience stand for recognition as their anthems were performed.

Throughout the evening, attendees were able to enter in a 50/50 raffle, for a chance to win a cash prize or one of three New Era baseball caps, with the prizes being dispersed at intermission.

Also available at the show were concessions sold by the local Girl Scouts, as well as a separate ticket raffle held by Angola’s local Friends of the Village organization. Those who enter into this raffle have the chance to win a handmade quilt, to be given away at the final entry to this year’s run of concerts.

The 32nd Summer Lawn Chair Concert Series, presented by the Angola Parks and Gazebo Committee, Evans Recreation and the Village of Angola, will continue each Wednesday this summer in Centennial Park, with the New Angola Theater as a rain location. The free shows will culminate with a performance by German folk band, the Frankfurters on Wednesday, Aug. 27.

Next week, the Buffalo-based Italian group, the Formula, will take the stage for the sixth show.


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