Sunday, October 17, 2021

Naples Big Band Opens Season with Tribute to Veterans

Naples Big Band, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization with a dual mission to promote, preserve, and perform American big band music and to financially support music education in area high schools, announced today that they will open their fifteenth concert season with a Veterans and Active Military tribute on Monday, November 11, 2019 at Cambier Park in downtown Naples. The concert, which will begin at 7 PM, is admission-free. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring comfortable, portable chairs.

According to Jim Castaldi, Naples Big Band musical director and trumpet/flugelhorn player, “Our first concert each season sets the tone for our concert schedule to follow. This season, we look forward to entertaining audiences with the classics they love, plus new material that will delight music lovers of all ages!”

While entertaining the masses is of tremendous importance to all members of their organization, the Naples Big Band remains committed to the second part of their mission: to financially support music education in area high schools.

“As a former high school music director, I know from experience that funding for the arts in high schools continues to diminish at an alarming rate,” says Castaldi. “When we collect donations during intermission at our admission-free concerts, it’s in the spirit of serving high school music departments with much-needed funds.”

In agreement with the need to serve high school music education, at the November 11, 2019 concert, Fort Myers-based business RCM 360® has committed a 100% financial match to all donations collected during intermission.

Sarah E. Kocses, Golden Gate High School Band Director comments, “As a high school band director, I am overjoyed to see school band programs receive financial assistance in any amount. We are grateful for community collaboration with organizations such as the Naples Big Band, and we are thrilled to have received their 2019 High School Music Education Program Annual Award. We look forward to having our jazz band perform at their evening concert this coming Veterans Day!”

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