Joined by a diverse group of local musicians, Scotia Band, with the ever-popular David Demant as MC, will present its annual Music Night at the Winema Theater in Scotia at 7:30 p.m. on March 16. Admission is free (donations accepted).

From the Springville Five's rendition of Irish music to Russell Shorey's didgeridoo spectacle, from smoky interpretations of jazz favorites by vocalist Lisa Baney to the Scotia Band's rhythmic Brazilian Beguine, this sampling of worldwide music includes a cross-section of Humboldt County ensembles and individuals including Fortuna Express, Squeezebug, and the Hydesville and Scotia school choirs.

Scotia Band offers several popular marches from “The Scotia Band March” by Michael McClimon to “The Zouaves” by Will Hugg, and the whole program wraps up with the band's enthusiastic interpretation of one of their favorite tunes, Jaime Texidor's “Amparita Roca.”

Music Night is a tradition with Scotia Band, which came into existence in Scotia when one of the first music nights held in the then-new Winema Theatre inspired Pacific Lumber mill manager Fulton Bendorff to try to recapture the musical excitement of his school years.

In existence for 78 years now, Scotia Band recently became a 501c-3 nonprofit corporation, and in 2011 Jill Petricca took over the baton from Michael McClimon.


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Volunteer band members come from throughout the county to attend rehearsals in the Fortuna High School band room on Monday nights. For more information and their schedule of 2013 appearances check their website at www.scotiaband2.org/.