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GLENS FALLS – The Glens Falls City Band will make a patriotic return to City Park next week.

The 27-piece band will kick off their annual summer concert series at the park’s gazebo on Monday, marking the first time the band has performed live in nearly two years after last year’s concerts were canceled due to the pandemic.

“We were so bummed out last year when we couldn’t do it,” said Denise Lamb, a longtime band trumpet player who has also served as its manager for the past four years.

Lamb said the band didn’t even hold rehearsals last year due to safety protocols aimed at reducing the spread of the virus.

Many of the professional musicians scattered around the capital region who make up the group were eager to get back to playing, she said.

“All the musicians I contacted didn’t even ask me what the COVID restrictions would be in place, they were just like, ‘Yeah, we will,'” Lamb said. “Everyone was so excited to play again.”

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The concerts are a great way to bring the community together after a tumultuous year, she said.

The band is due to play a mix of music – ranging from light classical, show tunes, Broadway favorites and other popular selections – every Monday in July. On rainy days the concerts will take place in the Ballroom of the Queensbury Hotel.

Participants must bring their own chairs or blankets.

In August, the Glens Falls City Jazz Band, which includes many of the same musicians, will host a weekly concert series, featuring various old and new jazz hits, Lamb said.

She declined to specify exactly what attendees can expect to hear this year, but noted that Monday’s performance will have a “patriotic touch” due to its proximity to the July 4 holiday.

Lamb said the concerts would mark a return to normal after a year of anything but.

“For us, it’s just one more thing going back to normal after a not-normal year,” she said.

The Glens Falls City Band is scheduled to play every Monday in July at the City Park Gazebo from 7-8:30 p.m.

Chad Arnold is a reporter for The Post-Star and covers the city of Glens Falls as well as the town and village of Lake George and Washington County government. Follow him on Twitter @ChadGArnold.

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