Al Mingrone Conducts Bronxville Pops Concert Band for 39th Year on Front Lawn of School Print


Jul. 24, 2013: For thirty-nine years in Bronxville, midsummer has brought the joy of live music to generations of residents. Once again, the Bronxville Pops Concert Band kept the tradition alive on July 17, with the second of four summer concerts on the lawn at The Bronxville School.


Families equipped with lawn chairs, blankets, and food and drink gathered on the school's lawn to enjoy the music, forget the heat, and relax in the refreshing breeze just after sunset.


Conductor Al Mingrone and the approximately 70 musicians in the band braved the extreme heat to present a lively program that ranged from the patriotic Stars and Stripes Forever and Parade of the Tall Ships from the 1976 Bicentennial to Broadway favorites from Can Can and A Chorus Line.

A medley of film music classics like Summertime and La Strada seemed to enhance the steaminess of the evening. The band's trumpet section rose to the occasion for Trumpets Olé, and every section, woodwinds, brass, and percussion, had moments in the spotlight in Gilbert and Sullivan Soufflé.

An appreciative audience applauded and cheered, and many music lovers made their way to the flagpole to place a donation in the collection jar.

The Bronxville Pops Concert Band, dependent solely on the generous contributions from people who want to keep live music in the community, is a labor of love for conductor Al Mingrone and the musicians who assemble to practice and play the concerts.

"This is all for the love of music," Mingrone said. "Many of these musicians are local and regional music teachers, and others are longtime players."

The Bronxville Pops Concert Band will present two more concerts under the stars on the lawn at The Bronxville School. Join them, and the community, tonight, July 24, and next Wednesday, July 31, at 8:00 pm. For further information, contact the band at CLOAKING .

Pictured here: Conductor Al Mingrone with the Bronxville Pops Concert Band on July 17, 2013.

Photo by Carol P. Bartold