The Fulton Music Association’s 16th Annual Celebration of Community Music featuring the Fulton Community Band and a variety of local talent will be presented on May 11, 7 p.m., at the G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium, it was announced by Steve Chirello, FMA president.
The concert is dedicated to Bob and Sandy Weston and the winners of the 2013 FMA senior music awards will also be announced and each recipient will perform at the event.
“Bob and Sandy are well-known as passionate supporters of music and the arts in Fulton,” Chirello said. “ But that is only the tip of the iceberg. They enthusiastically support so many activities and organizations in our community.”
The concert will feature performances by: the Cortini Brothers Jazz Experience, the Fulton Community Band under the direction of Carol Fox, and the Hamer Sing-Along group. The community band will be performing Burst of Flame March, Les Miserables, An American in Paris, and The Marriage of Figaro.
“All concert participants are generously donating their time to help raise funds for FMA,” Chirello said. “In addition to helping high school students receive FMA awards this spring, FMA members will continue to help sponsor Fulton’s summer concert series, and bring special performances by the U.S Army’s 10th Mountain Div. Band right here to Fulton.
“We have lived in Fulton since 1962 and we fell in love with the Fulton community,” Bob said. “ We’ve raised three daughters—Cindy, Kelly and Alison—and we now have three granddaughters (Jill, Nikki and Sami) a grandson (Kaden) and a great-grandson (Nathan).
“The driving force that keeps us involved is our commitment to making Fulton a better place for our family to live, work and play,” Sandy said. “We appreciate the Fulton Music Association, the Fulton Community Band, and others who continue to provide our community with music that our community truly enjoys.”
The Westons frequently write letters to the editor of local media to express their support, and they will often be seen at most community activities. Among these are 10th Mountain Div. Veterans Concert, Tunes in June, high school plays, concerts at Bullhead Point, Fulton Community Theater and CNY Arts presentations, Fulton Art Association and Friends of History events, plus fundraisers and events sponsored by our local, service organizations. “But most importantly,” Bob said, “We appreciate the hard work and dedication of all the participants. If they are working hard and devoting their time to organizing an event, the least we can do is support their efforts and enjoy being in the company of so many great people.”
Bob Weston served on the Fulton City Council for 16 years. He presently serves on the city’s Recreation Committee and with the Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation. He is past president and a member of the Fulton Lions Club and past president of the Fulton Booster Club.
Sandy Weston is the co-founder of an environmental organization formed to address water quality and hazardous waste issues within the city. She is past president of the Fulton Booster Club and served on the Fulton City Planning Commission for 11 years during which she was chairperson for five years. She served on the New York State Superfund Management Board where she was appointed by both governors Cuomo and Pataki. She was nominated for State Senator Patty Richie’s Women of Distinction Award in 2011 and presently serves as a board member of the Open Doors Neighborhood Center (First United Church of Fulton) and as a member of the Children and Families team.
Bob and Sandy received the Fulton Rotary Club’s Community Service Award in 2005. In addition, Bob received the Fulton Police Benevolent Association Award in 2010 and Sandy received it in 2011.
Tickets for the event, which can be purchased at the door, are $5 for adults and $3 for students and senior citizens.
For further information, call Carol Fox at 591-3392 or Chirello at 592-9778.