The Jim Perry Big Band to perform in free concert on Sunday, Sept. 11

| 15 Feb 2012 | 09:05

WARWICK — The Warwick free summer concert series at Railroad Green will present a performance by the Jim Perry Big Band, featuring Dick Wells, at Railroad Green on Sunday, Sept. 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. That date is the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon and World Trade Center that Wells describes as “an attack on our American way of life.” In addition to the old favorites and a few new songs, the program will also include a selection of patriotic music appropriate for this historic occasion. Admission is free and everyone is invited. Bring chairs or blankets. Wells, who is well known locally as a radio personality on WTBQ (1110 AM/99.1 FM) is a longtime professional singer who has performed on Las Vegas stages with legendary entertainers like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. On June 11, 2005, Wells performed in the first of Warwick’s Outdoor Summer Concert Series at Railroad Green. All of the band arrangements are the work of retired Sgt. Major Jim Perry, former group leader and lead alto saxophonist with the United States Military Academy Band Jazz Knights at West Point. Many of the musicians with the Jim Perry Band are veteran performers who appeared with famous band leaders and entertainers like Benny Goodman, Gene Krupa, Lionel Hampton, Bob Crosby and Paul Simon. Two rescheduled concerts Village Trustee Bill Iurato, who organizes the Summer Concert Series at Railroad Green, has also rescheduled the Greater NY Wind Symphony, whose earlier performance had been canceled for weather. The symphony will perform Saturday evening, Sept. 10, at 6 p.m. In the event of rain, the performance will be held in the Warwick Valley High School Auditorium. Another performance, Reflections, an Evening of Jerry Garcia Music, has also been rescheduled and will be the last outdoor concert of the season on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m.