When the concert “Love and Country” plays at theMcAllen Civic Center Auditorium on Feb. 9, will more angry people be trying to get in?
No, the upset crowd last Dec. 8 contained neither war protestors nor violent Winter Texans.
That disappointed crowd contained some 300 waiting music-lovers who had to be turned away.
For the first time in seven years, the McAllen Symphonic Band filled all 1,776 seats. Many left out complained — but did not riot.
Now the same problem returns Feb. 9 from “Yesterday” by Lennon and McCartney to “Johnny Comes Marching Home,”with old-fashioned nostalgia thrown in to make seniors rejoice.
Luckily there may be an answer to prevent us oldtimers from storming the gates and overruning the guards with canes, wheelchairs, purses or perfumes.
In the meantime, tickets remain available for $5 at the McAllen and Weslaco Chambers of Commerce and theRV parks owned by Wilder’s in McAllen, Alamo, Pharr and Harlingen. EZ-TIXX are available for $7 ($2 service charge)at several Valley locations.
The McAllen Civic Center on 1300 S. 10th Street will be open as long as tickets are still available on the night of the event, Feb. 9.
Everyone is fore-warned to buy their tickets in advance. “Love and Country” features 11 great songs in full, plus seven all-time hits in “Star Spangled Salute” from George M. Cohan, and nine more from other shortened versions.
More comments from the Symphonic Band members:
“I like to come together with fellow musicians to create something we all enjoy,” Frank Rios, alto saxophone, band director, La Joya Middle School.
“Best-liked outlet for my love of music to keep skills up,” Kathy Gray, flute, elementary music teacher in Mission.
“It’s just fun to play in another talented ensemble,” student Abel Ocanas, euphonium, Edinburg.
“High quality of musicianship in members and conductor,” Keith Woodend, bassoon, retired ambulance paramedic and foreign relief worker from Alamo,summers in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada.
“Enjoy playing in an ensemble setting with great players where we can share great music and ideas,” Ruben Estrada, B flat clarinet, business management, McAllen.
“I enjoy making music with friends,” Carlos Martinez, alto saxophone, elementary music teacher in Palmview.
“Town Band gives me the opportunity to keep playing my instrument and learn rehearsal techniques from Mr. Isadore,” Dianna Reed, bass trombone, Mission.