Northlake Community Band to give free concert


Monday, July 2, 2018 
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – The Community Music School at Southeastern Louisiana University will present the Northlake Community Band Summer Concert Tuesday, July 3, at 7 p.m. Scheduled in Pottle Auditorium on Southeastern’s campus, the concert is free and open to the public.
     B. J. Perez, principal clarinetist and retired school based administrator from T H Harris Middle School in Jefferson Parish, will conduct the concert that will include works by Sousa, McBeth, Osterling, Cohen, and more.
     “The concert will be presented in two portions, with the second portion having a patriotic theme,” Perez said. “The Northlake Community Band will also welcome Joy Ratliff, associate professor of voice at Southeastern, and James Square, recently retired director of bands at Ponchatoula High School, as guest narrators for two of the selections.”
     “The Northlake Community Band is a true musical jewel on the Northshore and the surrounding communities, and we are very proud to have them as part of the Community Music School,” said Community Music School Director Jivka Duke. “The band brings together musicians from various walks of life, from current and retired professional musicians to people who only recently started playing music again after many years of working in a different career field.”
     “The band also attracts many high school music students, especially in the summer months,” Duke added.
     Duke said the Northlake Community Band always welcomes new members.
     For more information, contact the Community Music School at or 985-549-5502.

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