Batavia Concert Band Announces 93rd Annual Concerts in the Park

Written by on June 5, 2018

Press Release:

The Batavia Concert Band will be returning for their 93rd season of public concerts in Batavia’s Centennial Park (rain venue is the Stuart Steiner Theater at Genesee Community College). Concerts will be held at 7:00pm on June 27, July 11, July 18, July 25, August 1, and August 8, as well as the ever-popular July 4th Picnic in the Park sponsored by GO ART!. The July 25th concert will feature percussionist Christopher Taylor, Alexander Central School District Music Teacher, as part of the Pam Frisby Memorial Concert Series.

The band will also perform a special tribute concert on August 1st in memory of Neil Hartwick, made fully possible with memorial donations. Neil was a long-time and beloved music teacher at Batavia and Brockport whose former students have and continue to play in the Batavia Concert Band. In addition, Neil was a good friend of the Batavia Concert Band, and his former students have been invited to join the band for this tribute concert.

The Batavia Concert Band’s repertoire has something for everyone; marches, big-band and swing numbers, popular songs from musicals and movies, rock favorites, classical adaptations, and everything in-between.

The Band consists of 45-55 brass, woodwind and percussion players ranging from talented high school students to 60-year veterans. Many have professional experience, others are advanced amateur musicians, but one thing is for sure– all love to play!

Returning for his 6th season as conductor is Mr. John Bailey, Instrumental Music teacher at Lyndonville Central School. The July 4th Picnic in the Park concert will be conducted by Mr. Joshua Pacino.

Founded in the early 1920s, the Batavia Concert Band has brought musical pleasure to the region every year except WWII. Concerts are currently supported and funded in part by GO ART!, local businesses, program advertisers, and individual patrons. The City of Batavia graciously supplies chairs for musicians, while Genesee Community College generously donates rehearsal space and a rain venue. The Band also sponsors 50-50 raffles at every concert, bake sales, and other fundraisers. Individuals or businesses interested in supporting the Band should contact a Board member at any concert.

The Batavia Concert Band is also excited to announce WBTA 1490 as the Official Media Sponsor for our 2018 summer concert series! Be on the lookout for appearance by band members on WBTA’s “Main & Center” program, where we will go into some depth about the band’s make-up and its history. Also be listening for weekly radio ads promoting the musical selections for the upcoming concerts, and announcing our weekly sponsors.

Downbeat for regular season concerts is 7:00pm, Wednesday evenings, in Centennial Park, Batavia. (* In the event of rain, concerts will move to Genesee Community College’s Stuart Steiner Theatre. Notices will be posted at the NW corner of Centennial Park, announced on WBTA radio AM1490, posted on, the Batavia Daily News website,, on the Batavia Concert Band’s website, and the Band’s Facebook page.

All concerts are fully funded by local businesses and sponsors and are open to music lovers of all ages. Light refreshments are available. Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs or a blanket, and enjoy. We’ll meet you in the park!

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by GO ART!.

For more information on the Band, how to sponsor, etc. see We’re also on Facebook!


Summer 2018 Concert Season


Date Venue Sponsor(s)


June 27


Centennial Park, 7:00pm*



Gold: The Zehler Family



July 4


Centennial Park, Main Stage, 12:00 noon

(Picnic in the Park)



Genesee-Orleans Regional Arts Council (GO ART!)



July 11



Centennial  Park, 7:00pm*



Gold: Rotary Club of Batavia

Silver: H.E. Turner + Co. Funeral Home
Bronze: Batavia Lions Club



July 18


Centennial Park, 7:00pm*


Gold: WBTA 1490Silver: Bailey Electric

Bronze: GCASA



July 25


Centennial Park, 7:00pm*

Pam Frisby Memorial Concert Series, featuring Christopher Taylor



Gold: The Insurance Center, Stephen M. Hawley & Associates, LLC

Bronze: United Memorial Medical Center



Aug. 1


Centennial Park, 7:00pm*

Neil Hartwick Memorial Concert


Gold: Friends of Neil Hartwick 


Aug. 8


Centennial Park, 7:00pm*



Gold: The Pacino Family

Bronze: Brighton Securities



* Rain venue: Genesee Community College, Stuart Steiner Theatre

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