Spring into the season with the Abilene Community Bands' "Spring Concert" coming up on Thursday, May 16th at the historic Paramount Theatre. As the Abilene Community Band heats things up starting at 7:30 PM, get into the spirit.

This spring, the Abilene Community Bands' theme is "Spring In Abilene." Band Director Joe Stevens said, "a new addition will be added and performed as the Abilene Community Band will premier the newest branch with "Space Force" then the other five service songs."

Before performing each of the military's "Service Songs Of America," The veterans in attendance will be asked to stand and be recognized during the song for the branch of the military they served to honor them. The Abilene Community Band is very patriotic. It was founded on July 4th, 1976, and has been performing ever since. The director Joe Stevens retired as Abilene Independent School District (AISD) Band Director. Mr. Stephens was my 9th-grade band director at what used to be called Mann Junior High School.

Joe, throughout the years, also directed at what was called Lee Elementary School, Mann Junior High, Abilene High, Cooper High, and several other schools throughout the AISD. I recall my first marching band parade in Downtown Abilene for the Fair and Rodeo Parade. Yep, Mr. Joe Stephens walked the entire parade looking, listening, and taking pictures.

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Whenever I get the chance, I attend their concerts because I love listening to the Abilene Community Band. While I still don't know where Joe Stephens comes up with his varied playlist he seems to cover all genres of music. From Jazz, blues, swing, big band, Christian, Latin, Rock-N-Roll, and country, the Abilene Community Band will keep you entertained and tapping your toes.

The Abilene Community Band's annual Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 16th, 2024 at the Paramount Theatre and it's FREE!

Nonetheless, the Abilene Community Band will be performing live at the historic Paramount Theatre at 352 Cypress Street in downtown Abilene for their Spring Concert on Thursday, May 16th beginning at 7:30 PM. While this is a free concert donations are graciously accepted, so please give, and give generously.

Remember, get there early to get the best seats. Come and enjoy the music performed by our own Abilene Community Band. For the record the video below is my favorite ACB Concert, enjoy!

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