By Sandy Townsend

The Eastern Hillsborough Community Band (EHCB) is fine-tuning its music as it nears the kick-off of its fall concert season.

The concert band, which has more than 60 members, will perform at numerous locations, from Lithia and Sun City Center to Brandon and Valrico.

“The audience will really enjoy our fall concert line-up,” said Jud Cook, vice president. Cook also books concerts for the band.

“We’re performing music by George Gershwin, a James Bond Medley and a beautiful Theme from Schindler’s List that features a flute solo. In December, we’ll add Christmas music,” he said. “The audience will be familiar with our music, and we strive to make it an enjoyable night out for all ages.”

The band requests a $5 donation per person, which also makes it a reasonably priced night out. Each concert lasts about one and a half hours. Donations are collected at the door, and advance ticket purchases are not required.

“These are family-friendly concerts,” Cook said. “We especially welcome children, and most families will find that our concerts are much less intimidating than attending a symphonic concert. Our concerts are very informal, and our audience can wear anything from shorts to jeans. We want everyone to relax and have fun.”

This is the sixth fall concert season for EHCB, which formed in 2009.

Upcoming concerts include: Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m. at the Strawberry Ridge Clubhouse, located at 3419 S.R. 60 E. in Valrico; Thursday, November 20 at Grace Community United Methodist Church of FishHawk, located at 5708 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Lithia; Thursday, December 11 at 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Brandon, located at 115 Knights Ave. in Brandon and Thursday, December 18 at 7 p.m. at United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, located at 1210 Del Webb Blvd. W. in Sun City Center.

EHCB and ensembles from the band are available to perform at community events and private functions. The band is now booking dates for 2015.

The band, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, accepts donations and sponsorships. All donations are tax-deductible.

For more information on the band, or if to find out about booking the band, e-mail, visit, or call 569-1771.

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