THE VILLAGES SUNSHINE STROLLERS
is a fun-time Instrumental organization known for its colorful attire and clownish antics.
The band plays a variety of music with lots of “sing along” selections which are popular
and guaranteed to get audiences on their feet. Typical venues include performances
for community events, club meetings, birthdays, and similar festive occasions.
The Strollers are often seen performing for special events on the town squares,
club meetings through out The Villages, and events outside The Villages. Audiences never
know what to expect when the group shows up wearing wacky outfits and setting up music
stands to get ready to play their happy tunes. A major goal of the band is to entertain
audiences through the involvement of singing and even dancing with the music.
Membership is opened to residents of The Villages with prior instrumental musical experience.
Rehearsals are on Mondays at 4:00 p.m. prior to scheduled performances.
Location of the rehearsals are at recreation centers to be announced.
The number of performances are dependent upon bookings.
It is not unusual to play 3-4 times a month-while having fun at the same time.
For further information and/or booking a performance, please contact Ward Green.
He is available to discuss schedules, booking costs, and other special needs and requests.
Rehearsals As Needed, Mulberry Grove
Ward Green 352-348-3398
After more than a year of not meeting because of the pandemic,
approximately 100 members from the Bands of The Villages (BOTV) came
together early in June to begin “in-person” rehearsals. The reason was to
prepare for the annual 4th of July Patriotic Concert! The Mulberry Recreation
Center buzzed with excitement as the delighted musicians finally were
meeting and playing music again.
The three BOTV directors: Jean Butler (Concert Band), Ward Green (New
Horizons), and Hugh Wicks (Hometown Band) took turns directing
the enthusiastic group! Musicians were volunteers from the three bands.
Although many had participated throughout the “lock down” in Zoom
rehearsals, it was a thrill for them to join colleagues to play music together.
It was an even greater thrill to learn in a few weeks they would play a live
concert for an audience!
The evening of the concert, the band was proudly wearing red, white,
and blue clothing. They were locked, loaded, and ready to play tunes such
as “Broad Stripes and Bright Stars”, “An American Spectacular”, and
American Folks Rhapsody”. The restricted audience of about 80-90 family
and friends outdid themselves by clapping and cheering for the flag-waving
The band’s season concluded with the concert because of the summer break.
In the Fall good news is anticipated when the three bands return to their
usual rehearsals and performances. Check the BOTV websites for
information about performances. It will be a pleasure to once again
recommend attendance at the BOTV concerts—for sure, the bands will be
ready to entertain you!
The Villages Concert Band
is active in the area, supporting groups and organizations with the funds from all concerts.
Jean Butler, the conductor of The Villages Concert Band has built a great musical organization here in The Villages that approaches every playing opportunity with tremendous professionalism. Interested in becoming a part of The Villages Concert Band?
Jean Butler at email@example.com
Attendance Policy for playing a Concert
rehearsals are expectations for
a bandsman to play
in the concerts.
There could be cogent reasons that prohibit attendance at every rehearsal.
However, the band’s
policy to play in a concert include attendance of the
last four rehearsals
plus the dress
If there are unusual
the attendance requirements,
a member may
contact the Director
in an effort to obtain
Section leaders are
to be informed about
THE VILLAGES SUNSHINE STROLLERS CALENDAR