Twilight concerts continue in park

The Envision Twilight Concert Series presents the Abbotsford Concert Band on Friday, June 17 at Fraser River Heritage Park.

Heritage Park Secondary School’s jazz band will be playing at Fraser River Heritage Park on Wednesday

Heritage Park Secondary School’s jazz band will be playing at Fraser River Heritage Park on Wednesday

The Envision Twilight Concert Series presents the Abbotsford Concert Band on Friday, June 17 at Fraser River Heritage Park.

The Abbotsford Concert 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, and just about any event where music can lift the heart. The band currently has about 40 members with ages ranging from teens to 80s.

The band started in 1960 with eight young musicians and 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 of the Abbotsford Concert Band.

They performed regular summer concerts at Jubilee Park and also traveled as musical ambassadors, playing in parades and concerts across B.C., Alberta, Washington and further, including Expo 86 and Expo 74.

Currently, the band performs in over a dozen engagements each year, from community events and fundraisers to festivals and concerts.

The Art in the Park program features glass blown beadwork and jewelry from Ania Kyte; Gina Esche’s natural way to body wellness; and beaded jewelry from Betty Sandmark.

The Envision Twilight Concert Series welcomes Heritage Park Secondary School Jazz Band back to Fraser River Heritage Park on Wednesday, June 22 from 7 to 8 p.m.

Heritage Park’s music program has a history of success at provincial, national and even international events.

HPSS Jazz Band has represented the school very well at various concerts and events throughout the year, and will be playing a wide variety of big band arrangements, ranging from 1950s era swing to current alternative rock. Their show will make for a high energy, fun night at the park.

The Art in the Park program features Betty Sandmark’s beaded jewelry and a craft workshop with Salt Lane Studio.

Bring a lawn chair or blanket and come to the park. The Log Cabin Café and the Blackberry Kitchen are open. Admission is free but donations are encouraged. Your support along with the generous contributions of sponsors will ensure that theseries continues.

For more information call the Fraser River Heritage Park at 604-826-0277.