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Jan 13, 2020

Colts Neck Community Band Features New Jersey Composer this Winter

The Colts Neck Community Concert Band is pleased to announce its 18th season winter concert series. Featured in the concerts will be a work by New Jersey composer William Vollinger.

The concerts will be presented Thursday, Jan. 30 at Colts Neck High School at 7:30 pm (snow date Thursday, Feb. 6), and Sunday, Feb. 2 at 2 pm at the Monmouth County Library-Headquarters in Manalapan.

William Vollinger’s music explores new ways to combine words and music, both spoken and sung, to sympathetically describe the human condition, be it serious, funny or both. In his work, “It Takes a Long Time to Grow Up in New Jersey,” the composer humorously portrays New Jersey’s reputation, often the butt of jokes, with a narration that accompanies the music. Vollinger will join the band to narrate.

Also on the programs are modern classical works which include: Andrew Yozviak’s “Rejouissance,” Darius Milaud’s “Suite Francaise,” Jack Stamp’s “Gavorkna Fanfare” and Vaclav Nelhybel’s “Festivo.” Listeners will enjoy two different styles of religious tunes: Pavel Tchesnokov’s “Salvation is Created” and the beloved gospel song “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.” Ralph Vaughan Williams’ British march “Sea Songs” will leave listeners with at least one of its catchy tunes in their minds after the performances end. “Carnaval in Sao Paolo” by James Barnes and “New York: 1927” by Warren Barker will add energy and excitement to the concerts.

The Colts Neck Community Concert Band has been hailed as one of the finest concert bands in the state of New Jersey. Founded by the late Richard Frankle, the band’s members possess a wide range of musical backgrounds, from accomplished amateurs to seasoned professionals, who range in age from high school students to senior citizens. This talented group of musicians is under the guidance of its music director Kelly Tyma, who — along with conductors Mel Chayette, David Crosby, Eric Robertshaw and Don Swinchoski — leads the group in a diverse musical repertoire of marches, classical music, show tunes and pop music to please all who enjoy listening to concert bands.

Franklesdream, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that accepts donations and helps provide financial support to the band. To learn more about the Colts Neck Community Band, visit and like the band on Facebook. Admission to all concerts is free; donations are welcomed and are always appreciated.