Bob Luce, bandleader with the Sunday Night Big Band, said guests can expect a set list full of favorites by Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and more. The group specializes in performing songs from in and around the 1940s.
“Our audience seems to like that era and so do we,” he said.
“We try to encourage folks to make a day of it,” Rodgers said. The concert is finished by about 4 p.m., in time to stroll around Westminster and check out a restaurant before it gets dark.
The two groups have been pairing up for four years. Rodgers said the concert has grown over the years as they try to bring more awareness.
“It grows slowly, but it’s working out really well. Being consistent with it, we’ll eventually get where we want to be.”
Here at the Carroll Arts Center, we have plenty of events, exhibits and activities, including an exihibit entitled “Rock, Paper, Scissors” that opens today in the Tevis Gallery and the Carroll County Playwrights Festival on Saturday night.
By Judy Morley
May 01, 2019 at 5:00 AM
The biggest expense for the nonprofit is the insurance to cover their 129 registered volunteers, and most of the funds from the concert will go toward paying those costs.
The nonprofit’s mission is to help older folks with limited resources who may not have a lot of family or local support, Rodgers said.
The volunteers help out with non-medical care from visiting and socializing, light chores and housework to running errands and providing transportation for those who can’t drive themselves.
They have about 170 care receivers at this time.
The Sunday Night Big Band, which rehearses, of course, on Sunday nights, is a 17-piece standard big band, though they often partner with other musicians and vocalists, “17 to 92 in age,” Luce said.
Their second CD, “I’ve Heard that Song Before,” will be available for sale at the concert as well as online through major streaming platforms.
Guests to the concert will be able to learn more information about Caring Carroll in the lobby where information will be posted. They are always looking for volunteers, Rodgers said.
Volunteers are needed at different levels of commitment. “We’re easy to work with,” Rodgers said. For volunteers, “helping these folks makes them feel really good, even if they can only do a little. Every little bit helps.”