The Florida Wind Band will present the fourth concert of its 11th season on Sunday, May 6 at 4 p.m. The band will present Rhapsody In Blue at the USF School of Music Hall located at 3755 USF Holly Drive in Tampa.

This concert will be a crowd-pleasing musical compilation of favorite melodies and exceptional works. The concert will feature George Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue, Leonard Bernstein’s Overture to Candide and Jericho Rhapsody by Morton Gould.

The concert will also feature two of the country’s finest artists with solos on their respective instruments. These will include Agnieszka Zick, a nationally renowned pianist, and USF Professor of Trombone, Tom Brantley.

Laura Cope, Board Member with the Florida Wind Band said, “Join the Florida Wind Band on May 6 in celebration of the virtuosity and musicianship of these extraordinary soloists and enjoy the band as they perform music that you are sure to find both delightful and memorable.”

The fifth and final concert of the season will take place on Sunday, July 1 at 4 p.m. at the USF School of Music Concert Hall. The band will present An American Salute: A Patriotic Occasion. This concert will commemorate Independence Day, and to pay homage to those who currently serve in the United States armed forces and to service veterans. In addition, this concert will honor all service providers as true heroes in our society.

The July performance included selections to inspire the patriotic spirit of the listener, such as Emblems by Aaron Copeland, a wind band masterwork that was composed with regard to the emblems we hold dear. The band will also perform Robert Jager’s Esprit de Corps, an exciting march that salutes the traditions of the U.S. Marine Corps. Other favorites will include Morton Gould’s American Salute (based on Johnny Comes Marching Home), America the Beautiful, and the Armed Forces Salute. Cope added, “The Florida Wind Band applauds America with this concert, providing a perfect precursor to the July 4th holiday.”

Tickets to both concerts are just $10 for students and seniors and $15 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster and on the day of the concert at the USF School of Music Box Office.

For more information and to become a sponsor of the Florida Wind Band, please visit www.floridawindband.org or call 531-9252 or email flwindband@gmail.com.