The Westport Community Band and area middle school musicians, including students from Trumbull’s Christian Heritage School and St. Catherine of Siena are participating in the annual “Play with the Community Band” project in a concert on Friday, May 10, at 8 p.m. in the Bedford Middle School Auditorium in Westport.

For the seventeenth year, the Westport Band has invited local middle school band directors to nominate instrumental students to participate in this activity. These students have rehearsed not only among themselves, but alongside the Community Band to prepare for the concert that concludes this years’ project.

Community Band members mentor the younger musicians in an exchange of musical information which has proved beneficial to the young students.

Both groups are under the direction of the Westport Community Band director, Sal LaRusso, who is also the director of the Weston High School Band

The Christian Heritage School of Trumbull is represented by flute player Tiffany Diao, alto saxophone player Luke Isaac Melendez, baritone saxophone player Emma Vieira, trumpet players Alexandra Conlan, Peter Helm & Mark Guinta, baritone horn player Elias Hoponick & percussionist Matthew Bruening.

The St. Catherine of Sienna School of Trumbull is represented by clarinetist Christopher Valluzzo.

Each year members of the Community Band look forward to helping to mentor their younger fellow musicians. To date, more that 950 area student musicians have utilized this program. The feedback from the student musicians and their parents has been positive.

The Westport Community Band is an all volunteer, non-profit organization. The approximately 65 members are from all over Fairfield County and some travel from out of state as well.

In addition to providing its members with an opportunity to continue their involvement with music, the Westport Band has a strong commitment to performing at community events in the area, such as appearances at the Levitt Pavilion, the annual Veteran’s Day observance at the Westport Town Hall, the Memorial Day parade, the Weston Family Fourth and in addition to many other concerts, musical visits to local nursing homes.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. The students and the Community Band will share the stage with each group playing selections alone as well as a combined band.