LETTERS

Mercer Community Band rehearsal schedule

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Dear Mercer Community Band Members,

It is that time again "to get the band back together" for the 2009 summer season. Here is where I put "Can you believe it is our eighth season?" and this time I really can't believe it. Some of you have been with us since the beginning and we certainly have grown musically. The Mercer County Community Band is one of my favorite things to do over the summer. I hope that you will join us again for some great people and performances.

The Band Shell experience is growing as we move on through the years and people are always asking me about the Community Band. Rehearsals will again be held at the Aledo Junior High and always start at 6:30 p.m.

The performance schedule for the 2009 summer is as follows:

Thursday, June 25 - Pops Concert - 7 p.m .

Saturday, July 4 - Music in the Park - noon

Thursday, July 16 - Concert at the Fairgrounds - 5:30 p.m.

Finale Concert - Sunday, Aug. 9 - 7 p.m.

Summer rehearsals will be held mostly on Tuesdays with only one Wednesday, June 10. We will also take the week of July 7 off this year.

Tuesdays - May 26, Tuesdays - June 2, Wednesday, June 10, Tuesdays June16, 23, 30 and Tuesdays July 14, 21, and 28. Aug 4 is the last rehearsal.

I realize that we are all very busy this summer. We can't make all the rehearsals. All I ask is that you try and make most of them and when you cannot make a rehearsal, let me know via email. Also try and recruit some others to join the fun. There are many people out there who can play and haven't because they are scared. You might be the push that they need to dust that horn off and join the summer fun.

I am so excited for all the performances this summer. We have a lot of really cool and creative things going on in Central Park at the Band Shell. The Community Band will be an integral part of the great activities for Aledo. I am certainly looking forward to seeing you all this summer!

Thanks for all your time and help,

Rusty Ruggles

Phone: 582-8305 - email - ruggles30@yahoo.com