NORWICH – In a move that has become tradition over the last decade, the Norwich City Band will kick off its summer series of concerts at 7 p.m. Friday in East Park, as thousands of Gus Macker enthusiasts flood downtown for the annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament.
A summer staple dating back to the early 20th century, the city band is “not only nostalgic, it’s a vibrant part of our lives and really a wonderful thing,” said band business manager and long-time participant Lee Wilhelm, who has performed on trombone with the ensemble for over three decades. “This is just a wonderful thing and something we all love to do.”
Between 45 and 55 local musicians, representing all ages, typically turn out for the weekly performances. Gary Solomon will once again conduct the group, according to Wilhelm, who added, like many other Chenango County community bands, the Norwich City Band is multi-generational and over the years, it has become common for him to share the stage with one or more of his five children.