NORTH CANTON What does the Canton Concert Band and Pokeman Go have in common? On July 20, they both wanted to entertain people at Price Park. Pokemon Go won this time.
The Canton Concert band was scheduled to play at Price Park in North Canton at 7 p.m. on July 20 when the park was taken over by Pokemon Go enthusiasts. The parking lots were full of families and players, which left little room for the fans of the Canton Concert Band.
The show must go on and so the band decided to move to a new location, the Faith United Methodist Church on 9th Street in North Canton. Jayne Naragon told the crowd, and those rushing to get from Price Park to the side yard of the church before the music started, the reason for the move.
"This is the first time we’ve had to move our outdoor concert location because of a video game," Naragon said.
There were 100-plus people who found the new location and setup their lawn chairs for an evening of live music. The Canton Concert Band dates back to 1866 when some of the first members started a band called the Grand Army Band.
Later, the band merged with a band called the Thayer Band and the changed the name to Canton Community Band now known as Canton Concert Band. Members of the band include musicians from the American Federation of Musicians, community members, college students and a select group of high school musicians.
Conductors are rotated each summer. This year’s conductors are Chris Hall, Chuck Reiman, Steve Grimo, Mark Tyron, Pat Grutzmacher, Jonathon Stuck and Cheryl Graham.
The group provides free concerts throughout Stark County. The Price Park concert was the ninth concert of out 10 scheduled for the summer. Some of the musical selects played included the "Star Spangled Banner," New York: 1927," "The Producers" and many more.
It was a warm weather evening but it was evident that residents enjoyed the music. Visit the website at http://www.cantonband.com/ for more details about the band and upcoming concerts.