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It’s time for summer serenades

Music on the Wharf and Twilight Concerts set to begin
The Maple Ridge Concert band will play Twilight Tuesday concerts at the bandstand throughout summer.

Longer days and warmer days signal the start of the outdoor concert season.

This year, you’ll be treated to performances in Maple Ridge at Memorial Peace and the wharf, as well as Pitt Meadows.

The Maple Ridge Concert Band kicked off the seasonal serenade with a year-end concert yesterday, but will be back in July with Twilight Tuesdays, free weekly performances that take place on the bandstand in Memorial Peace Park until July 19.

The concert band consists of 40 or so members of all ages and musical abilities.

Currently directed by Ed Dumas, the band has been around for more than 60 years.

They plays a variety of music, from symphonic works for wind ensembles to big band swing, traditional hymns, Dixieland, Sousa and Broadway musicals.

The Bruce James Orchestra performs on Wednesday throughout summer in Pitt Meadows Spirit Square.

Catch the Maple Ridge-based swing band and other performers as they liven up the city’s civic centre off Harris Road.

Music on the Wharf begins July 11.

The bi-weekly concerts take place on the Port Haney Wharf. Marty Bernard and the Bloo Zebras open the popular outdoor concert series.

Bernard is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter who lives in Maple Ridge. His latest album, Tuesdays with Crunchy, featuring the Bloo Zebras, was released last year.

Described as a psychedelic blend of cosmic blues, roots and rock, the Bloo Zebras are known for the electric live shows. The band features Willie MacCalder, Gary Koliger, Michael Chase, Jackie Treehorn and Dave Webb.