Wind ensemble, classic singer to take Independence stage


After a weekend of hard rockin' shows, the Bristol 4th of July Concert Series takes it down a notch in intensity tonight, but certainly not in quality.

The weekend featured hit rock bands like Rendition, Band of Brothers and Nasty Habits, to go with a little jazz and even some '50s and 60s doo-wop. Tonight, the concert series gets a little culture with the East Bay Wind Ensemble, followed by singer Michael DiMucci playing classic standards and show tunes. It's all part of the 4th of July Committee's efforts to appeal to everybody.

"You really have to appeal to a wide range of audience," 4th of July General Chairman and Concert Series Chairman Ray Lavey said. "You have families, young kids, older people. You have country people and rock people. Military music Big Band, doo-wop. There's something for everyone."

Here's a look at the two performances in Independence Park tonight:


The East Bay Summer Wind Ensemble is celebrating its 37th summer season of music and provides a wind ensemble experience for advanced instrumentalists of high school age and up. Under the direction of David M. Marshall, the orchestra features selections from crowd pleasing contemporary favorites to complicated classical pieces that highlight the technical abilities of these advanced musicians.


Michael DiMucci will perform a program of classic songs and standards, movie themes, Broadway show tunes and contemporary favorites popularized by a variety of composers for the theater and screen such as Stephen Sondheim, Rogers & Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Henry Mancini, Andrew Lloyd Weber, and others. A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Mr. DiMucci, now relocated to Rhode Island, is a familiar face in Bristol, having done numerous shows at Linden Place and Cabaret and

Sing Along performances at The Lobster Pot. He is also the current tenor soloist and cantor at Saint Mary's Church in Bristol. His eclectic repertoire and experience in musical theater and the American Songbook has enabled him to perform with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Swing and Jazz Band Avenue A and in the South County Production of works by Gilbert and Sullivan.


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