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River Valley Concert Band springs back after February snow out

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After having to cancel its February performance due to weather, the River Valley Concert Band is ready to perform its spring concert.

This concert theme is Music on the Mississippi, and will feature 10 river-themed tunes of various genres, including Broadway and show tunes.

"Our repertoire is going to include a number of songs that capture the spirit of river communities, and what it means to live alongside a major river corridor," board member, Dan Retka, said.

Appearing as special guest artists are jazz trombonist Douglas Berg-Williams and local vocalist Heather Doffing.

One song that Berg-Williams will be joining the band for is "Slidin' Down the Mississippi" by Clifton Taylor. Doffing will accompany the band for "I've Made My Plans for the Summer," by John Philip Sousa and "Moon River," by Henry Mancini.

Doffing started singing when she was in high school and currently sings with the choirs at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. This will be her first time singing with the River Valley Band, however, she was a member of the band for about seven years as a saxophonist.

Appropriately, after a two-year break from performing at the venue, the concert will be held at the Rotary Pavilion at Levee Park with the Mississippi River as the backdrop. For two years the band has faced poor weather at the time of their May concert, making it difficult to perform outdoors at the space.

"We are extremely pleased to return to the [Rotary Pavilion]. It's a tremendous space to perform," Retka said, adding that they understand spring weather is hard to predict. In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to Hastings Middle School.

The concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19. It is free to attend. Ice cream from Schoolhouse Scoop will be available for purchase and there will be the opportunity for prizes from other local businesses at the door.

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