Jeannette Community Band set to launch its 34th season

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Live performances are back for members of the Jeannette Community Band, which kicks off its 34th season on Sunday after two years of cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 60-member band will perform patriotic tunes and medleys from Broadway and movies, along with other songs, during their 7 p.m. Memorial Day/Spring performance at Jeannette American Legion.

The band celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2018. Musicians came together in 1988 to celebrate Jeannette’s centenary as a single band to play for a parade and concert. They stayed together and the band grew over the years, adding new members with original musicians still available. It is led by Ronald Stemple and there are many family connections in the ranks.

The rest of the band’s schedule is as follows: June 12, 7 p.m. at Ligonier Summer Concert Series; July 3, 2 p.m. at Idlewild and SoakZone; July 30, 8:15 p.m. at Hempfield Sports Complex; Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Cabaret benefit concert at Jeannette American Legion; Nov. 6, 7 p.m. Veterans Day Concert at the Legion; Dec. 18, 7 p.m. Christmas concert at the Legion.

Band members hail from Jeannette and surrounding communities. The age of the musicians ranges from high school students to retirees. New members are welcome at Tuesday rehearsals at the Jeannette American Legion from 7:30-9 p.m. All concerts are free and open to the public.

Renatta Signorini is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Renatta by email at rsignorini@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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