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Lakes Area Band in tune for spooky music

Updated: December 25, 2012 1:15AM

Lakes Area Community Band’s traditional fall concert Oct. 29 will have a new twist.

It will be a Halloween-themed event, complete with costumed musicians playing familiar but spooky music against the backdrop of special effects.

“We always do a fall concert, but this year we wanted to do something different to reach out to community residents who may not otherwise attend a concert,” said Director Steve Porch. “We wanted to open our concert up to a whole new audience that perhaps has never heard us before. We are especially encouraging children and their parents to attend.”

It won’t be a scary concert, but it will incorporate some Halloween traditions. Musicians will be in costume and the music they play will definitely fit the Halloween theme.

“We have one musician on alto sax who will march through auditorium playing the Alfred Hitchcock theme,” Porch gave as an example. “We are bringing in laser light units that are absolutely fabulous that will project special effects throughout the entire auditorium and we will include the special effect of clouds floating over auditorium during the concert.”

The band invites kids ages 12 and younger to dress in costume.

“We will have a costume contest half-way through the concert. Kids will march around the concert hall to ‘The Phantom Regiment’ and prizes will be awarded for the best costume,” he said.

Porch said the concert includes music that will appeal to all ages, including themes from the television shows “The Munsters” and “The Addams Family”, music from Harry Potter films, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Phantom of the Opera”.

The band includes 40 musicians ranging from high-school age to senior citizens. They meet for rehearsal every Monday night at Antioch Community High School, where Monday’s free 7 p.m. concert will be held in the school auditorium.

“We do it for the fun of making music together and providing free entertainment to the community,” said Porch. The free concerts are sponsored by the Antioch Chamber of Commerce, Antioch Senior Center and State Bank of the Lakes.

“We think this will be a great Halloween activity for our community,” said Porch. “I wanted an indoor event in a safe environment where it is warm and comfortable for everyone. Our hope is that the concert is fun for all ages.”

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