MoBand kicks off concert season at Mancini Bowl in Modesto


Bandleader George Gardner conducts MoBand during the 2019 100th season in Modesto.

Bandleader George Gardner conducts MoBand during the 2019 100th season in Modesto.

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Classic rock will kick off what has been considered a “Hot, Hot, Hot!” season for MoBand.

The Stanislaus County Modesto Band, known in the community as MoBand, begins its six-concert season June 9 at Mancini Bowl in Modesto’s Graceada Park.

“I think it’s going to be a really exciting season,” said group manager George Gardner. “I have… some really great songs lined up for this year’s concerts.”

The opening concert will feature rock ‘n’ roll to coincide with Modesto’s Graffiti Summer Celebration. Music by Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers and The Beach Boys will highlight the program, according to a press release.

The season runs every Thursday until July 14. Concerts start at 8 p.m. and are free.

Traditionally, people hold their ground on the lawn by laying down blankets early in the day. Many spectators bring picnics to enjoy during the shows. There are also bleacher seats at the bowl.

The theme for this season is “Hot, Hot, Hot!” The rest of the scheduled concerts are:

June 16: Latin Fire; featuring music by Carlos Santana, plus other Latin favorites

June 23: Country Pop; country favorites and pop music hits

June 30: America, the Beautiful; a 4th of July celebration with patriotic music

July 7: American Songbook Selections

July 14: Hot Hits; highlight the music of the season

Also this year, on July 21, a fundraising show featuring the band Triple D. Dubbed “The 7th Concert,” is planned to raise funds in support of MoBand and its programs, according to the press release. Donations will be accepted.

MoBand, which turned 100 in 2019, is open to all high school, college, and adult musicians who want to play. There are no auditions. Rehearsals take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., starting June 6.

To learn more about MoBand, visit www.moband.org.

Annual concerts were canceled in 2020 due to the pandemic, and a shortened season of four concerts was held in 2021.

While MoBand had slightly fewer musicians last year, Gardner said “viewership numbers were pretty comparable (to normal seasons), especially as the season progressed as people learned that we played.”

As for this year, he is ready to return to the stage.

“I’m excited. The band, I know, is going to be excited to play and I’m really excited about the music,” Gardner said. “(We’re) ready to kick things off. than six sold-out shows this season and getting back to our century-old routine.”

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Bandleader George Gardner conducts MoBand during the 2019 100th season in Modesto. Andy Alfaro [email protected]

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