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Dominick Ferrara is hanging up his baton at the end of the year as the director of the Bloomfield Civic Band. Ferrara will wrap up the band’s remaining four concerts running through July before ending his 40-year career with the band.
“It’s time to give it up,” Ferrara said during a chat with Bloomfield Life on Friday.
He’s stepping aside because of health reasons and will alternate his time between Bloomfield and living with his daughter in Florida.
Ferrara said that he will continue playing in other groups. After all, his dedication to community groups runs deep. He’s been involved in many local organizations throughout the years, including Bloomfield Unico, an Italian-American heritage club.
He remembers the civic band playing with their jackets on at a Bloomfield Middle School performance after the boiler went out. “We sat there with our instruments, and it was really funny,” he said.
Much of the civic band’s repertoire comes from Ferrara’s own collection. It’s all kept in his garage in neatly organized boxes that take up the entire space.
The band’s next concert is at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bloomfield High School. Tickets are $15, or $10 with the advanced ticket bought from a band member. Michael Rica of Hawthorne will play “Trumpeter’s Lullaby” by Leon Anderson.
“He’s a bright little boy,” Ferrara said of Rica. “You can tell he studies. He’s a monster of a player.”
Ferrara notes the band’s audiences are dwindling, but hopes more people realize the importance of community bands. The group is made up of many from different walks of life. They include lawyers, doctors, retirees and programmers from nine New Jersey counties.
“We had a strong group all through the years,’ he said. “We lost our base unfortunately. They were our fundraisers,” he said.
A lot of National Guardsmen joined the band with Ferrara in 1972.
“They followed me, and I knew it was a sacrifice for them. It was a second night out” of performances or practices, he said.
The band will hold a dinner in Ferrara’s honor on June 12 2013 at the Chandelier in Belleville. Tickets are $35, and include dinner and drinks. For tickets and reservations, contact Paul Alongi at firstname.lastname@example.org