Greenwood band concert set

The Greenwood Community Band will spook up their season with a Halloween-themed concert this weekend.

And concert-goers are encouraged to show up in costume.

The 85-person band had a concert planned for Halloween, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Greenwood Community High School auditorium, located 615 W. Smith Valley Road, and wanted to make the occasion festive, director Thomas Dirks said. The adult musicians, ranging in age from 27 to 83, have been working on the creepy music for about a month, with one rehearsal a week to master the macabre music.

Audience members are invited to wear costumes and masks, and treat bags will be given out at the event, Dirks said.

Dirks will come up out of the orchestra pit in the auditorium surrounded by fog, and musicians will play favorites such as “Thriller” and “The Monster Mash” in costume.

“We are just playing up the Halloween theme,” he said.

Dirks went to a Halloween-themed event in Sarasota, Florida, and decided that he wanted the Greenwood Community Band to try to pull off a spooky-themed show.

Band members have pitched in with inflatable monsters and other decorations, and the band will use special effects, such as a fog machine, black lights and laser effects, Dirks said. Characters on stage also will dance with black lights, Dirks said.

The event will be family friendly and free, with a reception after with treats.

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What: Greenwood Community Band Halloween concert

When: 7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Greenwood Community High School, 615 W. Smith Valley Road.

Cost: Free