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June 28, 2013

Joplin Pops concert kicks off Independence Day events around the region

JOPLIN, Mo. — Independence Day activities will start around the region with a band returning to Joplin for a performance.

The Warrensburg Community Band will be featured in Joplin Pops to close out Pro Musica's annual season of chamber music. While the concert is not technically associated with Independence Day, the band will play a lineup of popular American music, from traditional marches to classics by the Gershwins. Vocalist Jeff Imboden will be featured on one of those Gershwin songs, "'S Wonderful."

"We love to play them," said director Russell Coleman of the Gershwin numbers. "We play them well, and we do quite a bit of that style of music.

Other highlights include piccolo soloist Lorraine Miller, clarinetist James Gai, trumpeter Neal Seipp and saxophonist Mark Smith.

Coleman said the band is a summer band that meets in June and July for a series of performances. Comprised of 56 members, the band includes students and music teachers from the Warrensburg area, many of whom are associated with University of Central Missouri. Some members have played for groups such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra and Wichita Symphony Orchestra.

"Probably about 40 of our members have music degrees from universities," Coleman said. "Professors at the university play, as well as a number of orchestral students."

The band was formed in 1985 and Coleman has been its only director. He was also director of bands at the university for 32 years. The band performed two years ago for Joplin Pops.

The open-air concert will start at 8 p.m. today at the oval on the campus of Missouri Southern State University. Grounds will be open at 6 p.m.; attendees are welcome to bring picnic suppers and asked to bring their own seating.

The concert is sponsored in part by the Carlin Team of Keller Williams Realty. Tickets: $10.

Details: 417-625-1822.

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