In The Lima News on Saturday, a letter to the editor bemoaned the fact that the Lima Symphony would not be performing at our July 4th celebration. The writer went on to say that since the Lima Area Concert Band will be playing for that event, it’s “just not the same” so he will stay home and watch TV or “head to Columbus” for a holiday event that actually takes place July 3.
What a shame this man will not enjoy the wonderful musicianship of the Concert Band members who continue to give of their enormous talent to our community through the years.
Yes, I said “give.” These extremely talented musicians get no pay for playing in the Concert Band. They play for the love of music and to share that love with this and other communities.
The musicians who play in the Lima Symphony are paid for their performances, and deservedly so, but it’s the Concert Band with many of the same members as the Symphony who show up to entertain young and old so many times, for so many events.
For years, before my husband’s death, we attended all the concerts of the Lima Area Concert Band and thoroughly enjoyed the vast variety and the quality of the music they performed.
I sincerely hope the community will turn out en masse to enjoy our July 4th celebration and the music of the Lima Area Concert Band.
Oh, by the way, they WILL be playing the “1812 Overture.” Too bad the gentleman who wrote the letter will miss it.
— VaLaire Orchard, Lima