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Lakeland Civic Band starts the new year reflecting on the past

Posted: February 8, 2023

The Lakeland Civic Band will present their first concert of the new year, “Reflections of the Past,” Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023, at 4 p.m. in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center on Lakeland’s campus.

The Lakeland Civic Band, under the direction of Frank Cosenza, will present a mixture of finger-tapping to arm swaying classics. The concert will open and close with patriotic tributes including Walter Damrosch and John Philip Sousa’s “Star Spangled Banner,” Clifton Williams’ “Fanfare And Allegro” and Henry Fillmore’s “Americans We.” The middle of the concert is sure to keep the mood going with selections showcasing the dramatic in Claude T Smith’s “Eternal Father, Strong To Save” to Rex Mitchell’s serene, yet powerful “A Song of the Sea” to the swing of big band in Warren Barker’s “In the Miller Mood.”

“‘Reflections of the Past’ is a celebration of America’s rich musical history,” said Frank Cosenza, Lakeland Civic Band director. “Music naturally has a way of bringing people together and with a selection of both classic and contemporary pieces, there is sure to be something for everyone. This concert will feature music that our founding director, Mr. Chuck Frank, first performed as a tribute to his leadership and vision.”

Concert tickets are available at the box office or online Ticket prices are $7 for adults, $6 for seniors and veterans and $2 for students. Online purchasers should bring their order confirmation to show at the door. The Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center is located on the first floor of the D-Building on the campus of Lakeland Community College. Lakeland Community College is located at the I-90/State Route 306 exit. Free parking is available.


The Lakeland Civic Band provides an opportunity for instrumentalists from the area to perform band literature of the highest quality. Its membership is drawn from Lakeland students, talented high school players, school music teachers and directors, and community musicians who are selected by audition.

In addition to concerts at Lakeland each fall and spring, the band has performed at area high schools and universities; national, state and regional conferences and conventions; Severance Hall and the Chautauqua Institute. The band has invited a variety of illustrious guest conductors and artists and has featured several of its members as soloists. The Lakeland Civic Band received the Sudler Silver Scroll Award presented by the Sousa Foundation in recognition of musical excellence and service to the community.


Lakeland Community College provides community members the opportunity to express and advance their talents by performing in five music groups: the Lakeland Civic Band, the Lakeland Civic Chorus, the Lakeland Civic Flute Choir, the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra and the Lakeland Civic Orchestra. Additionally, the college offers talented high school students Jazz Impact, an all-star high school music group.

For more information about the civic music groups and auditions, contact Jeri Lynn Pilarczyk in the Arts and Sciences Division at 440.525.7261 or email


For more than 50 years, Lakeland Community College has impacted thousands of lives through learning. Founded in 1967, Lakeland was the first college in Ohio created by a vote of the people. True to its mission, the college provides quality learning opportunities to nearly 8,000 credit students to meet the needs of the community at its campus in Kirtland and online.

Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, Lakeland offers more than 140 associate degree and certificate programs that may lead to high-demand careers or transfer to four-year institutions. The college also provides access to bachelor’s, graduate and doctorate degrees along with certificates and endorsements, as well as lifelong learning opportunities, on campus through the Holden University Center of Lakeland, in partnership with 11 four-year institutions.

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