The Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission will present the Brio Symphonic Band in an Independence Day Concert on Sunday, July 4, 2010 at 5:30 p.m. on the Metuchen High School Lawn.

The band will be continuing its series of Independence Day Concerts started in 1995 in the tradition of Sousa and Goldman. Marches, patriotic selections, vocal and trumpet soloists, folk music and other traditional and classic band music will be included.

The Brio Symphonic Band has performed in several venues around central New Jersey including the Middlesex County Parks System, Plainsboro, New Brunswick, and Old Bridge. It also performed the inaugural concert celebrating the opening of the Raritan Bay Waterfront Park in South Amboy. Its membership consists of members of the Central New Jersey Musician’s Union, Local 202?373 AFM.

Metuchen resident Edward Logue, former Supervisor of Music and Band Director at Metuchen High School will conduct the band. He is a graduate of Baldwin?Wallace College and the University of Arkansas. Since his retirement in 1995, Mr. Logue has worked as a free?lance percussionist in the area and organized and conducted the Metuchen Gala Centennial Concert and the Metuchen 9/11 Memorial Concert.

Barbara Jeanne Smith – protégé of legendary opera singer, Jerome Hines and graduate of the Juilliard School of Music and Westminster Choir College will be singing a variety of popular selections. She has performed at Alice Tully Hall, Steinway Hall and with some of our regional opera companies. In addition she has been heard with the Florham Opera Association and was featured in a musical revue of Rodger’s and Gershwin’s music at the Brookdale Performing Arts Center.

Brio Band principal trumpet player, David Schneck will perform “Adagio for Flugelhorn an Band” by Milton Kabek. He has studied at the Juilliard School of Music, Hunter College and the Mannes School of Music. His performance credits include Premier Soloist with the Staten Island Music Society Band and first trumpet with the Westchester Symphony Orchestra. He is presently serving as President of Local 204?373 AFM.

Metuchen High School is located on Grove Avenue in Metuchen. The concert is free of charge but please bring a lawn chair or perhaps a blanket if you wish to picnic during the program. In case of rain the program will be held in the Metuchen High School Auditorium.

The Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission wishes to thank The Westerhoff School of Music & Art for its generous donation which has made this concert possible. The Westerhoff School of Music & Art offers its students a solid foundation of technique and love of music and visual arts that prepares them for careers as artists and for a lifetime of appreciation for the cultural arts. The Westerhoff School is located at 5 Calvin Place, Metuchen, NJ. Visit the school online at

The Metuchen Cultural Arts Commission advocates community?wide awareness of and appreciation for the arts. Its mission is to support all forms of art and to provide diverse opportunities for local artists to present their works. The commission celebrates the intrinsic value of creative pursuits to community spirit and strives to promote artistic excellence, diversity and vitality to enrich the lives of Metuchen residents and visitors. For continuous updates on MCAC activities, become our friend on Facebook!

For more information about the Independence Day Concert, presented by MCAC, please contact Nancy Goldberg at