MUSKOKA — Rockin’ robin and some of the most popular songs from the ’60s and ’70s — including the Beatles, big bands, classical, movie and show tunes — are on the bill May 27-29 as the Muskoka Concert Band takes the stage for it annual summer music series kick-off.

With the May 24 Victoria long weekend lighting up the night skies, the popular brass and woodwind bandsmen and women welcome the return to indoor and outdoor playing the next few months. (To be followed with their summer program of six concerts starting twice on Canada Day.)

The 30-piece band, orchestra and ensemble are anxious to blow the roofs off the United Churches in Gravenhurst (Saturday May 27, 2 p.m.) and Huntsville (Monday May 29, 7:30 p.m.) with their first performances of “Here Comes the Sun!”

Tickets are $20 (children 12 and under are free) and are available at the door or in advance through Eventbrite (credit) or via our website at

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The band features a variety of music that is sure to delight, assures conductor Fran Harvey.

“You’ll hear several pieces with a spring theme to them including an overture called ‘Acclamations,’ by the acclaimed American composer Ed Huckeby. As well as the hauntingly beautiful ‘In a Gentle Rain,’ by Robert W. Smith, and ‘River of Life’ by renowned composer and conductor Stephen Reineke.”

Lead trumpeter Neil Barlow is featured on the theme from the ‘Concierto De Aranjuez.’

And for big band fans, principal clarinetist Kim Barlow will get your toes tapping with an exciting “Tribute to Artie Shaw.”

The MCB rounds out their 75-minutre program with some of the most popular songs from the ‘60s and ’70s from the musical “Jersey Boys,” which tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

You’ll also hear a little music from the Beatles.

Join them 2 p.m. at the Trinity United Church in Gravenhurst (290 Muskoka Rd N) and/or Monday May 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity United Church in Huntsville (33 Main St. East).

Tell them a little birdie told you so.