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Lathrop High band concert set for Prestige on Tuesday
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Sunny Sundell expects to have a full house on Tuesday when the Prestige Senior Living at Manteca plays host to the Lathrop High School Band.

The executive director of the facility which provides services for independent assisted living said they are excited to be hosting this first musical venture. The feeling, though, is mutual.

“Lathrop (High) is so excited to do it,” said Sundell who expects to have a full house when the 80-member band will perform al fresco in the facility’s courtyard under the stars.

Plus, she said, “We have a great audience here – our residents and friends that come from the neighborhood.”

With all the budget “cutbacks going on in the schools” impacting and limiting the arts such as band performances, “we’ve got the environment to make that happen; we want to encourage the arts while giving back a little bit to the community,” added Sundell.

With Lathrop High School blazing the trail, she hopes that other school bands in the school district will do the same thing and perform at Prestige in the future. Sundell said it was not by plan that Lathrop is the first to perform at their facility.

“We actually invited all the school bands. We put an open invitation to all high schools,” but Lathrop High was the only (one that) accepted the invitation at this time, Sundell said.

Prestige Senior Living is located at 1130 Empire Avenue – opposite Pestana Drive off East Louise Avenue – in Manteca. For more information about the facility and about the concert, call (209) 239-4531.

The performance will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19, and is open to the public and not just to Prestige residents. Refreshments will be served in the facility’s Villagio.

Prestige corporate spokeswoman Tara Wyman said this spring concert will feature the band members “putting their spin on some classic selections.

The program, directed by Desiree Bugarin, will include the following selections:

• “The Star-Spangled Banner,” by John Stafford Smith, arrangement by Jack Stamp, words by Francis Scott key.

• “Rhythm of the Winds” by Frank Erickson.

• “Trombones on the Run” by James D. Ployhar.

• “O Magnum Mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen, transcribed by H. Robert Reynolds.

• “Regenesis,” Song of the Planet, by John Higgins.

• “The Liberty Bell,” by John Philip Sousa, arrangement by K Brion & L. Schissel.