Bob Loughrige (Photo submitted)
Bob Loughrige (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT — On Friday, Aug. 16, the Van Wert Area Community Concert Band will present a concert in the band shell of Fountain Park in Van Wert. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. and is free to the public. Music to be performed will include the 1971 CBS sports theme “Championship,” Michael W. Smith’s “Emmanuel,” 1954 doo-wop hit by the Penguins “Earth Angel,” Styx’s 1978 billboard hit “Come Sail Away,” and John Philip Sousa’s “The Belle Of Chicago.”

Also featured on the concert will be tenor saxophone soloist Bob Loughrige playing “Harlem Nocturne.” Loughrige was a well-known band director at Celina High School and legendary jazz musician in the Lima and surrounding area. Many will remember him, his brother Boyd and Jerry Amato as members of the popular dance and jazz band the “Pastels.” Loughrige also formed the 16-member group “The West Ohio Big Band.” The concert will conclude with rousing songs of The Ohio State University, including “Carmen Ohio,” “Across The Field,” “The Hey Song,” and “Hang On Sloopy.”

A food stand will be available prior to the concert provided by the District Eastern Star starting at 5 p.m. Please join the band directed by Richard Sherrick and featuring members from Van Wert, Glenmore, Delphos, Convoy, Chat, Middle Point, Coldwater, and Rockford. In the event of inclement weather, the program will be moved to an announced location or cancelled. Please listen to the local radio station for this information.