Friday, July 6, 2012

Crossfire and the Madison Community Band

CROSSFIRE and the Madison Community Band to perform at the
July 9, 2012 Concerts by the River in Decatur, Alabama

Make Monday your favorite night of the week by attending the Paul Stroud Concerts by the River series in Decatur, Alabama!  Sponsored by the City of Decatur Parks and Recreation Department, the concert series features a variety of musical styles that are appealing to all ages and provides wonderful family-oriented entertainment.  From a rock band to a community band, the July 9, 2012  Concerts by the River will feature the diverse variety of bands and band music!  CROSSFIRE will perform at 6:00 and will be followed by the Madison Community Band at 7:00.  All concerts are open to the public and are held at Rhodes Ferry Park. Concerts begin at 6:00 PM and usually conclude by 8:00 PM.  For updated schedule information, please call 256-341-4818 or visit  In case of inclement weather, cancellation decisions will be announced after 4:00 PM on the DPR website and will be posted on the DPR and Decatur, Alabama FACEBOOK pages.  (Please note:  There will not be a concert on Monday, July 2.  Please join us at the Spirit of America Festival on July 4th for great music beginning at 5:00 from the Arsenal Brass and the Brass Machine Band prior to the 2012 Miss Point Mallard Pageant and Spirit of America Awards Show.)

From classic rock to the blues, CROSSFIRE delivers a rocking sound that energizes the crowd!  The band has performed at many festivals and venues and will keep the audience on their feet.  CROSSFIRE is composed of six musicians who have joined together to share their music with the great State of Alabama.  Their lead singer, Paula Whitney, leads the band with her powerful vocals and is also a chef in her spare time.  The rhythm section keeps the heartbeat of the band going with Gregg Taylor on the drums and Larry Johnson on the bass,  When Gregg is not crushing the kit, he is providing weapon systems support for the Department of Defense. Larry Johnson stands 6’ 9”, and when he’s not booming on the bass he’s testing missles in his spare time.  Rita Bell provides the harmony vocals and also plays the acoustic guitar.  She spends her days as an accountant!  Brian Decker wails on the electric guitar with his own style of riffs, his day job as an engineer has him supporting our troops in the field.  Lisa Williams adds her vocals and electric guitar to keep the band going full steam ahead!  Born on the 4th of July, she is Ms. Patriot and supports the soldiers with her engineering.  Learn more about CROSSFIRE  at

Formed in 1973, the Madison Community Band is a true “community” band with members representing a variety of backgrounds and ages!  The Madison Community Band boasts a broad repertoire of music, featuring both traditional and current concert band numbers.  The band performs true concert band music including pop/show tunes, patriotic selections, marches, songs from musicals and light classical numbers.  At their July 9 performance, the band will shake things up a bit and get the crowd involved in their performance of “The Chicken Dance.”  They will also perform selections from The Phantom of the Opera and Mary Poppins.   Band members are united in a shared love of great music, and participation in the Madison Community Band gives them the opportunity to continue to enjoy playing and being involved in a band setting.  The Madison Community Band has grown from fifteen to sixty plus members, and also features an active solo and small ensemble programs.  Smaller ensembles perform at corporate events, private weddings and social events, and community activities.  The Madison Community Band is proud to provide great band music to residents of the Tennessee Valley!  For more information on the Madison Community Band please visit 

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