Season Highlights


THE 2016 – 2017 SEASON

The Naples Concert Band’s 45th season features more than 20 great soloists and an exciting mix of new music and memorable old favorites.  The NCB offers our large audiences this areas “best musical bang for their buck”!  Each of our eight concerts promises to have music that everyone will enjoy.  The final concert of the season will be a Community Band Spectacular.  Both the Naples and Bonita Spring Concert Bands will combine for a finale that features over 150 musicians.  If you have never attended a NCB concert, be prepared to have a great musical experience.  Bring the family and friends.


Sunday, October 16, 2016 Concert
Sponsor – Vi at Bentley Village)

Our first concert of the season has it all:  Impressive Soloists, Classic Band Literature, Movie Themes, Broadway Show Tunes, and of course traditional Marches.

Wendy Renee, soprano, and Craig Greusel, baritone, will perform many of the hit songs from the Broadway play “Show Boat”.   Also, John Davis will be doing the classic “typewriter” solo to Leroy Anderson’s “The Typewriter”.

Bach’s “Little Fugue in G minor”, Selection’s from Sweet Charity”, Robert Sheldon’s “Bright Lights” and “Billy Joel In Concert” will round out the program.

Music Director/Conductor Harris Lanzel will lead the 80+ member band starting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.

Sunday, November 13, 2016 Concert
Sponsor – Miromar Outlets

The Naples Concert Band under the direction of Harris Lanzel will celebrate our great country’s heritage and honor our United States service men and women with a very emotional and memorable patriotic concert.

The band will dedicate Richard Rodgers’ “Victory At Sea” to the late Peter Thomas and feature his voice reciting his original poem “Omaha Beach” during the song.

Franklin Summers will narrate James Hosay’s “To Heal A Nation” and vocalist Amy Bright will be featured throughout the concert singing Zeb. Billings’ “I Love, America”, Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” and Bob Lowden’s “Armed Forces Salute”.  During the Armed Forces Salute our military branches will present their colors and be recognized for their service.

This special patriotic concert starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 13, 2016 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.


Sunday, December 4, 2016 Concert
Sponsor – Alan S. Novick, Attorney

Let’s all get in a Holiday Mood!  The Naples Concert Band will provide the perfect music for this year’s Holiday Celebration!

The Kellyn Celtic Arts Academy Irish Dancers will do a spectacular holiday presentation to Robert W. Smith’s “Celtic Carol”.

Vocalists Craig Greusel, Amy Bright, Jenny Bintliff and __ will add their special touch to the celebration.  Amy will sing “Merry Christmas Darling”, Craig will be featured in “Santa Wants A Tuba For Christmas”.  Craig and Amy will sing Douglas Wagner’s “Christmas from the 50’s” and Jenny and Lederian will join them for Leroy Anderson’s “A Christmas Festival”.

“Shalom”, “Midnight Sleighride”, “Fantasia On A 13th Century Carol” and “A Mariah Carey Christmas” are a few of the other selections that will enhance this year’s Holiday Celebration.
Harris Lanzel conducts the band at 2 p.m. on Sunday December 4, 2016 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.


Sunday, January 17, 2016
Sponsor – UBS Financial Services, Inc.

The first concert of the New Year features Naples Philharmonic concert master, Glenn Basham, local vocalist Lois Carme and flugelhorn soloist Richard Miller.

Glenn will do virtuoso violin solos to Pablo de Sarasate’s “Gypsy Airs” and Gustav Peter’s “Zirkus Renz”.  Lois will sing James Horner’s “My Heart Will Go On” and Gershwin’s “Our Love Is Here To Stay”.  Richard will perform Rodrigo’s “En Aranjuez Con Tu Amor”.

Claude T. Smith’s “Emperata Overture”, Sondheim’s “Highlights From Gypsy” and Franz Liszt’s “Friska” are other impressive arrangements that are programed to showcase the 80 member concert band.

The Naples Concert Band, under the direction of Harris Lanzel, will begin the concert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.


Saturday, February 12, 2017 Concert
Sponsor – Habitat for Humanity
(Sponsored by Craig and Kathy Fenton)

Keyboard Soloist John Davis, Vocalists Amy Bright and Craig Greusel, and Mayor Bill Barnett will highlight an impressive selection of music.

John will perform “My Way” and will also be the featured synthesizer soloist for Miklos Rozsa’s “Ben-Hur”.   Craig and Amy will entertain with “Selections From Chicago” arr. by Ted Ricketts and Mayor Barnett will be the guests soloist on Harry Lincoln’s “The Midnight Fire Alarm”.

A special presentation of “Brasserie for Brass Quintet and Concert Band” by Otto Schwarz will combine the talents of the Paradise Brass Quintet and the NCB.

“Alpine Saga” by Thomas Doss, “Ballet Parisien” by Jacques Offenbach and “The Fantasticks Overture” by Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt provide the 80 member band with plenty of room to flex its musical muscles.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Naples own concert band under the direction of Harris Lanzel.  This concert will begin at 2 p.m. on February 12, 2017 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.


Sunday March 5, 2017 Concert
Sponsor – Miromar Outlets

Broadway star Mark Sanders and Pianist Joshua Ross are the featured soloists for our March concert.

Mark will be singing “Broadway In The 90’s” and “Come Fly With Me”

Joshua will play the first movement of Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A minor”.

Brian Balmages’ “Arabian Dances”, James Howard’s “King Kong Soundtrack Highlights” and Haydn Wood’s “Mannin Veen” round out the program.

Come and enjoy a Sunday afternoon of music.  The concert will start at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Cambier Park Band Shell.  Harris Lanzel will conduct the Band.


Sunday, April 2 Concert
Sponsor – The Naples Zoo
(Sponsored by Craig and Kathy Fenton)

There will be soloists galore for our April Concert.

Professional Trumpeter Mary Bowden and Professional Trombonist Alexis Smith will perform the impressive “Fandango for Trumpet and Trombone” by Joseph Turrin.

Jenny Bintliff will sing “You Raise Me Up”.

Craig Greusel will do Neil Diamond’s “The Jazz Singer “and both Jenny and Craig will combine to do “Selections From Mary Poppins”.

A special presentation of Michael Donovan’s “Portraits of Cape Cod” with the composer conducting will also be featured in the concert.

John Zdechlik’s “Chorale and Shaker Dance”, Sammy Nestico’s arr. of “The Silver Quill” and John Williams’ “Dartmoor, 1912 add more fire power to the concert line up.

Join the band on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at the Cambier Park Band Shell for a great afternoon of music.  Harris Lanzel will conduct the Band.


Saturday, April 22 and Sunday April 23, 2017 Concert
Sponsor – IMA Creative

The final concerts of the season will be a Community Band Spectacular!  The Naples and Bonita Springs concert bands will present their concerts on the same stage.  Both bands will feature an entertaining variety of music and feature guest soloists.

The Saturday, April 22 concert will be held at Cambier Park in Naples and the Sunday, April 23 concert will be held at Riverside Park in Bonita Springs.

Harris Lanzel conducts the Naples Concert Band and Gary E. Smith conducts the Bonita Springs Concert Band.

Both concerts will start at 2 p.m.