Thursday, October 22, 2020

Naples Big Band Announces First Ever Public Concerts on Marco Island


Naples Big Band, a not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization with a dual mission to promote, preserve, and perform American big band music and to financially support music education in area high schools, has announced that they have added Marco Island and Fort Myers to their 2020 concert lineup.

March 2020 will be the busiest public concert month for the Naples Big Band since its inception just over 15 years ago. In 2004, the band formally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization called Music Makers Show Band Inc. and began performing admission-free concerts at Cambier Park in Naples. 

In 2016, the group rebranded with the DBA name Naples Big Band with a vision to grow their presence in Southwest Florida while also furthering their mission: to promote, preserve and perform American big band music and financially support music education in area high schools. With the busiest March in their history on the horizon, added to the fact that their high school financial award presented to Golden Gate High School in March 2019 was the largest sum the organization has ever donated, the organization’s renewed vision initiated in 2016 is gaining momentum.

The group’s vocalist and marketing manager, Amy Bright, says, “I’m calling March 2020 our ‘SWFL Tour’ because we have FIVE concerts from Marco Island to Fort Myers during the month. For us, that is just unprecedented and very exciting.”

On March 1st, the band heads south for their first-ever Marco Island performance: 2 PM at Frank E. Mackle Park located at 1361 Andalusia Terrace, Marco Island.

Monday, March 9th at 7 PM, the band will perform at Cambier Park in downtown Naples.

On Saturday, March 14th, the group heads north for their first-ever Fort Myers appearance: 2 PM at the Alliance for the Arts located at 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

Monday, March 16th at 7 PM, the Naples Big Band appears at Riverside Park in downtown Bonita Springs.

Sunday, March 29th at 2 PM, the band returns to Cambier Park in downtown Naples with a concert sponsored by Coldwell Banker 5th Ave. S. Naples/Coldwell Banker CARES Foundation which supports local organizations such as American Cancer Society, Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Community Blood Center, Education Foundation of Collier County, Hope Hospice, St. Matthew’s House, and many more.

The Naples Big Band 2019-20 season final performance will be 7 PM, Monday, April 13th at Cambier Park in downtown Naples. Attendees at all concerts are encouraged to arrive early and bring comfortable portable chairs.

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