The Abbotsford Concert Band returns to Fraser River Heritage Park for The Envision Twilight Concert Series on Friday, June 15 from 7-8 p.m.
The band has been a part of the music community in the Fraser Valley for 50 years, playing a wide assortment of music from marches to dance music to symphonic festival pieces.
They have played at festivals, concerts, parades — just about any event where music can lift the heart.
The band currently has about 40 members with ages ranging from teens to 80s.
Started in 1960 with eight young musicians, the band grew to over 60 members in the first year. In 1965, an adult band that had been playing as a small group amalgamated with the junior band, forming the nucleus.
They performed regular summer concerts at Jubilee Park and also traveled as musical ambassadors, playing in parades and concerts in BC, Alberta, Washington and further, including Expo 87 and Expo 74.
The Envision Twilight Concert Series then presents Arnold Shoichet in the park on Wednesday, June 20 from 7-8 p.m.
Long known to Mission as a songwriter, musician, and family doctor, Shoichet returns to the Twilight Series with songs that rejoice in life as it is: thoughtful, wise, and warm. He has created an extensive repertoire of original songs. His writing explores a wide range of ideas and musical styles, and reflects his love of harmony and rhythm, and his reverence for simple language.
The Art in the Park program continues with a variety of visual artists presenting their work each evening of Twilight.
Bring a lawn chair or blanket for a fun evening at the park. The Blackberry Kitchen and The Log Cabin Café are open. Envision Twilight Concerts are a community, free-by-donation series. For more information call 604-826-0277.