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KINGSBURG – Heat wave or no heat, the crowds still came out for the final Kingsburg City Band’s Summer Concert of the season on July 26 at Memorial Park.

For the last two concerts of the season, local Kingsburg High band instructor Mike Schofield filled in as guest conductor for Dale Engstrom.

Schofield said while the “1812 Overture” and “Mt. Everest were two of his favorite selections for the Music of Triumph themed concert, nothing compared to the local guest soloist that evening.

“There’s only one Julie Noe Bernsen,” he said of the long-time singer, dancer and music teacher. “She’s great. She’s a pro.”

Bernsen performed “Almost Like Being In Love” and “Over The Rainbow” and said the concerts give her a chance to visit with long-standing friends and perform for an appreciative, live audience.

“I like the immediate feedback [of live performances] and there’s a difference between being in the studio and live,” she said of the live concerts. Studio recordings may allow an artist to be more proficient but live “is just better. Even if you have the best musicians and tech and all that, you cannot circumvent live music.”

The concerts are organized by the Kingsburg Chamber of Commerce and Lennis Scheline and Jim Crofoot continued providing sound for the event. Reggie Gierke with the Kingsburg Media Foundation provided live webcasts. If you’ve missed any of the concerts, they may be viewed online at http://www.kingsburgcityband.com/.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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