Free big band concert at the bandshell tonight

LAKE PLACID – The newly constructed Paul White Bandshell in Lake Placid will be the venue for a free park concert featuring big band and swing music at 7 p.m. tonight.

Bob’s Big Band will provide the music. This group was formed in the spring of 2012 as the creation of Dr. Robert Delfausse, former Chair of the Music Department at Wagner College on Staten Island, New York. Bob now resides in Lake Placid during the summer months and wanted to continue playing big band and swing music upon retiring. He enticed about 19 area musicians to join him.

Membership of the band is quite varied. It is draws musicians from a fairly wide geographic area including Saranac Lake, Lake Placid, Keene and Keene Valley. Some of the members are professional music educators, but most work in careers other than music. It is also multi-generational as a few high school students are thrown into the mix. What all members have in common, however, is a love of playing and a sense of the joy that is part of creating music with others.

The group’s repertoire includes some big band standards along with newer swing and light jazz pieces. Much of the music they play is composed by such greats as Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and Sammy Nestico.