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Three soulful easy sound concerts occurring this weekend

The West Point Band and the Westchester Symphonic Winds, Hudson Valley Chamber Musicians and The David August Sextet all performing
Three soulful easy sound concerts occurring this weekend

On Saturday, March 9, and then again on Saturday March 16, the Westchester Symphonic Winds and The West Point Band will join together for a collaborative concert. Both groups will be performing individually and in a combined ensemble. The groups will be performing the program twice during the month of March to serve both sides of the Hudson River. The West Point Band hosts the first performance on March 9 at 2:00 pm at Eisenhower Hall Theatre at West Point. Westchester Symphonic Winds will host the second performance on March 16 at 2:00 pm at White Plains High School.

Curt Ebersole, Westchester Symphonic Winds Music Director and Conductor, stated, “This unique opportunity, to play alongside the esteemed and historied West Point Band on the stage at Eisenhower Hall Theatre, is truly a treasure for our members. We’re looking forward to sharing this special musical celebration!”

The concert program includes works spanning three centuries by nine American composers and one Australian composer, Percy Grainger, who resided in White Plains for forty years and gained American citizenship as a bandsman in the United States Army. As part of the West Point Band’s 2024 Winter Concert Series the collaborative concerts are free and open to all. Tickets are not required.

For additional information on the collaborative concerts and a full schedule of the West Point Band’s 2024 Winter Concert series, visit To learn more about WSW and view the 2023-2024 season brochure, visit



On Sunday, March 10, from 2:00 pm – 4:00pm the Hendrick Hudson Free Library will present the Hudson Valley Chamber Musicians as part of their Coffeehouse Concert. 

The Hudson Valley Chamber Musicians, a professional, classical woodwind quintet will be playing music from the Renaissance to the contemporary era. The afternoon will consist of soothing classical melody with Norman Dee playing the Flute, Ann Chukurian on the Oboe, Leigh Myers playing the Clarinet, Terry Watson tooting the Horn, and Donald Venezia  playing the Bassoon. Learn more about the ensemble at

No registration is required and seats are first come first serve. The concert will take place in the Constance Dyckman Community Room of the Hendrick Hudson Free Library. For more information contact Elise Landesberg at [email protected]



The final concert of the weekend will take place on Sunday, March 10 at 5:00 pm. Reflections with The David August Sextet featuring Mindy Sax, Andy Abel, Thierry Arpino, Andrew Beals and Kip Sphos will be performing at Grace Hall in Ossining.  David August, is a musician, music educator, arranger and composer from Peekskill. In addition to leading The David August Sextet, he also leads the Jazz Sunday at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Rye, New York. He has multiple albums under his belt including the album, “Jazz Sunday Collective”. Tickets for this event are $15 at the door per person. 



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As a Peekskill native, Dave is thrilled to be working with the Peekskill Herald showcasing featured calendar events. A 1999 graduate of PHS, he remembers reading and enjoying the original weekly print edition of the Peekskill Herald every Thursday. He especially liked the political stories, local features and sports coverage when it was written by Peekskill Runner columnist Jack Burns who always managed to weave history into the running times. An avid hiker, he enjoys exploring the local trails as well as the concrete ones in his job as a conductor for Metro North Railroad. He’s a former teacher and co-founder of the Friends of the Peekskill Dog Park, where he frequently can be found with his Koda. He’s happy to be part of the Herald’s growth as the source of local news for Peekskill and looks forward to highlighting a few of many of the events and happenings in Peekskill and the surrounding communities. Reach Dave at [email protected]