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Community Concert & Jazz Bands open 2021 Gazebo Concert Series
Concert dedicated to Janet Breckenridge
The free summer gazebo concerts are back for 2021 and have been scheduled by the Jefferson Arts Committee throughout the summer in the beautiful Victorian gazebo in the Jefferson Township Municipal Complex, 1033 Weldon Road, Lake Hopatcong (use Oak Ridge, NJ in your GPS), NJ. All concerts begin at 7pm and are two hours long usually with a short intermission!
The Jefferson Township Community Concert Band and Jazz Band will open the 2021 free summer concert series on Friday evening, June 25. The talented members of the Community Band will present a wonderful repertoire of popular favorites including the classics, Broadway musicals, standard marches, and patriotic salutes performed by talented local musicians under the direction of Peter Tummillo, Jr. Also performing will be the energizing jazz band ensemble also directed by Tummillo.
This concert will be dedicated to the late Janet Breckenridge, one of the original members of the Jefferson Arts Committee when it was formed in 1987. She was an integral part of the community bands since their inception playing piano, keyboard, French horn, and tuba; and she was involved in coordinating the Jazz Band’s annual Big Band Bash. She is also remembered for her involvement with the Jefferson Arts Committee's other performing arts groups -- the Jefferson Township Community Chorus and the Jefferson Community Players. She in probably most remembered in the community as an instrumental and choral music teacher at White Rock Elementary School for over 35 years, the accompanist and interim director of the Picatinny Chorus, and the organist and music director at the Oak Ridge Presbyterian Church.
Concert attendees are asked to bring a blanket or chair for their comfort; and non-alcoholic beverages, picnic dinners, and snacks are permitted on the grounds. Everyone is asked to take their trash home with them at the end of the evening.
Plans are being made to reserve an indoor location in the event of the threat of inclement weather or such weather, and updates will be forthcoming. Call 201-230-8879 or 973-697-3828, log on to Jefferson Arts Committee on Facebook, www.jeffersonarts.orgor www.jeffersontownship.net for all updates.
What a great way to end the week and wind down for the weekend. Remember, dancing and singing along is always encouraged at these summer concerts. Free-will donations are always gratefully accepted especially this year as all Jefferson Arts Committee fundraisers had to be canceled last year due to the pandemic and it will probably not be until next year until regular activities can be reinstated.
Additional free concerts will be held at the gazebo on July 2 with The Koontz, July 9 featuring The Desperados, July 16 with Reminisce, July 23 with Carnaby Street, July 30 featuring The Psychedelicats, August 6 with The Uptown Getdowns, August 13 with The Jersey Girls performing, August 20 featuring Tequila Rose, and the last concert will be held on August 27 with The B.D. Lenz All Stars. It will be a summer of free music at the Jefferson Township Gazebo.