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Mardi Gras Just Down Littleton Road


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Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!

unnamedThere is no question that New Englanders need to work extra hard right now to find reasons to celebrate the season, as this year’s onslaught of snow has all but buried our thoughts of Spring. As a celebration of music, life, and defiance, Mardi Gras fits our needs splendidly – and therefore the Chelmsford Community Band continues the celebration long after the actual date has passed. At 2pm on Sunday, March 8th, at the Chelmsford Lodge of Elks, the Band will take you away from the snow to visit the Big Easy in spirit as they celebrate jazz and the music of the south.

From Gottschalk’s steamy “Night in the Tropics” to the sentimental folk inspiration behind “Shenandoah” to Sousa’s “King Cotton March,” the Concert Band’s performance will take your attitude to a warmer latitude. The highlight of the performance will be the jazz-inspired “Blue Shades” by Frank Ticheli. “If there are any two composers who exemplify New Orleans more than Louis Moreau Gottschalk and Frank Ticheli,” states band director Lucinda Ellert, “I have yet to learn of them.” The Concert Band’s performance will be prefaced, as always, by jazz standards performed by the Jazz Ensemble.

Tickets for the March 8th event are $10 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Coffee and home-baked goodies will be available for purchase, and the Elks will provide a cash bar. Learn more about the Band at www.ChelmsfordBand.org or follow them on Facebook.

CORRECTION: The event is on March 8, not March 7.


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