The Concert Band of Dublin will play for its biggest audience yet on Independence Day.

The Concert Band of Dublin will play for its biggest audience yet on Independence Day.

The community band earned a spot before Smokey Robinson takes the stages at Dublin's annual Fourth of July festivities at Coffman High School, 6780 Coffman Road.

"A year ago on the Fourth of July, when the Dublin Cornet Band opened for Kenny Loggins, (council member) Cathy (Boring) and I said, 'Here's what we have planned; we're starting a Dublin community band. We want the community to be involved in something musically, and it's our goal to be here next year,'" concert band founder Tim Jameson said. "I get to be there and say we delivered. We were able to live our dream. I'm hoping Cathy will be there to take a lot of credit because she and city council had a lot to do with this all happening."

The Concert Band of Dublin began rehearsals in late January and performed its first concert in May.

"There was a great turnout," director Jeff Chesser said. "There were at least 500 people. We filled up Radiant Life Church. The audience response was great. People were pleasantly surprised by what they heard."

Jameson heard the same feedback after the premiere concert.

"The band played great. People were astonished a group together as long as we've been plays as good as we do," he said. "It's a credit to the musicians and Jeff Chesser."

Arranging a concert after about three months of rehearsals wasn't difficult for the group, Chesser said.

"With the quality of musicians in the area, it was pretty easy to put it together because they already have the skills," he said. "It's just a matter of bringing people together."

It won't be difficult to get players for Independence Day.

Chesser said nearly every musician in the group that numbers about 80 would be at the performance.

"It's a good-sized band," he said. "We're so big, they had to put us on the turf."

Gates for the evening celebration at the Coffman High School stadium will open at 4:30 p.m., with the Concert Band of Dublin starting at 5 p.m. Smokey Robinson is set to perform from 8:15 to 9:45 p.m., with fireworks to follow.

Admission to the event is free. Tables in the field are sold out, and bleacher seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Chesser said the musical lineup would include patriotic songs, a salute to the armed forces and marches.

"I think it will be music that connects, especially with this holiday," he said. "It should connect with the patriotism of the community and, hopefully, our goal is always to leave the audience feeling better than when they came."

The band also wants to make the Independence Day event an annual concert.

"I would love for that to happen. It's a great thing for the community to have this kind of a tradition," Chesser said.

The Concert Band of Dublin next will perform at the Dublin Retirement Village and is looking for more opportunities to play. The group also is accepting new members.

For more information on the Concert Band of Dublin, go to dublinbands.com.

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