July 14, 2014

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE - “Red, White, and Blues: A Concert of Patriotic & Blues Music” is the theme for the John A. Logan College Community Band’s annual summer concert on Sunday, July 27, at 2 p.m. in Logan’s O’Neil Auditorium.  The event is free and open to the public.

Murphysboro resident Bob Swearingen, a long-time musical conductor, has been directing the band’s summer concert for 11 years.

“One of the band members suggested we do patriotic music for this performance,” Swearingen said.  “I’d been thinking about combining patriotic and blues music in one concert for a few years so we decided to do it.  I think the music will appeal to a wide audience.  Most of the blues we are playing is Dixieland blues.  It’s up tempo and light and should be very entertaining.” 

In addition to being the band’s summer director, Swearingen is a percussionist in the band during the fall and spring. 

“I enjoy working with the band in both roles,” Swearingen said.  “We’re an all-volunteer group with around 40 members from throughout the region who range in age from about 12 to over 80.  We practice at John A. Logan College every Tuesday night.  We’re a diverse group and we are always looking for new members.  Anyone who loves playing band music should think about joining us.”

For more information about the concert or to learn how to join the band, contact the Office of Student Activities and Cultural Events at JALC at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8287.