Most of the orchestra members are also involved in music education, dance bands, church groups and other musical outlets. On a limited budget and a with busy personal life, Maestro John Monks regularly rises to the challenge of simultaneously serving the varied interests of the orchestra while striving for maximum audience appeal. The successful accomplishment of these goals requires a researcher's meticulous selection methods, a composer's skill to craft custom arrangements of each composition for the available musicians, and the ideal conductor's personality of a saint with a sense of humor and a baton.
The first half of the program is comprised of two suites and selections from a comic opera from the early 20th century by Eric Coates, Gustav Holtz and Edward German. The second half features several members from the orchestra ranks in solos from contemporary tunes by Burton Lane (Finian's Rainbow), Mary McPartland (There'll Be Other Times), Antonial Carlos Jobim (How Insensitive) and others.