Niagara Gazette

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December 11, 2012

Award-winning America Legion band to perform Sunday.


Niagara Gazette —

Scalzo, it should be noted, is a jazz drummer when not in uniform with the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas.

On the matter of keeping time, her history with the Band is measured by names of places: “When we played Salt Lake City,” “When we were in San Antonio,” and of course, the invitation to play Carnegie Hall (“It was a wind ensemble festival and the Legion Band was remembered from its trip to Australia”).

Picture a sharp, and sharply-dressed, concert orchestra filling the stage of the Riviera and filling the beautiful old building with Christmas-themed music, a holiday performance that might exist in memory, or in imagination. The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, a local resource underappreciated by those who have never heard it, play regularly around the area, but this is something special.

A Christmas concert should be something special.

(The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas can also be heard in a special one-hour presentation on WNED-FM, at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 22, repeated at 3 p.m. Dec. 23.) 

IF YOU GO • WHAT: The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, Post 264, Christmas Concert • WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday • WHERE: The Riviera Theatre, 54 Webster Street, North Tonawanda • COST: Adults $12, children $10

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