On Sunday, Oct. 16 at 2 p.m., members of the Midcoast Community Band will raise their instruments during a benefit concert for one of their members, David Fyfe of Belfast. The concert will be held at the Thomaston Baptist Church on Main Street/Route 1. All proceeds, whether cash or gift cards, will be turned over to Fyfe who, it is hoped, will be able to attend the concert.

Fyfe first played with the band at its Christmas program at the Owls Head Transportation last December, after attending several rehearsals. He told band director Jo Anne Parker that he was then playing with the Belfast Band and the Lincolnville Band and just loved playing his tuba. He would like to play all the music he possibly could. Parker was very pleased to welcome Fyfe into the band, since tuba players are always needed in a wind ensemble and sometimes hard to find.

Fyfe is battling cancer, primary myelofibrosis, and has been unable to play with the band for several months. Since he is on a limited income, and finds it difficult to work as a result of all the medications he is taking, he is in danger of losing his apartment and also finds it hard to even put food on his table.

“David is a wonderful musician, and it’s just a shame that he has to be dealing with this terrible illness,” said Parker.

The concert will cover a wide range of music, several of the selections being performed for the first time by the band. Parker has chosen to open the concert with “That’s Entertainment,” a 1952 song from the musical film “The Band Wagon.” Other show tunes as part of the program will be “Selections from Chicago” by showbiz greats Kander and Ebb, featuring such songs as “And All That Jazz,” “Cell Block Tango” and “We Both Reached for the Gun”; “Highlights from the Broadway musical ‘Annie,’” including “Maybe,” “It’s the Hard-Knock Life” and “Tomorrow”; “Somewhere Out There” from the animated movie “An American Tail”; and “Highlights from ‘Pocahontas,’” the Disney animated film, featuring “Colors of the Wind” and “Just Around the Riverbend.”

“Carnival of Melody” features familiar songs from the 1930s through the ’50s including “Blue Moon,” “Singing’ in the Rain” and “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing.” “Lassus Trombone” by march writer Henry Fillmore will feature the trombone section — Megan Kennedy, Silvia Sayers, Laura Price and John Weeks. Bruce Cole, a member of the trumpet section, will play Leroy Anderson’s beautiful “Trumpeter’s Lullaby,” accompanied by the band. Band classic “Instant Concert” by Harold Walters is a medley of bits of nearly 30 different tunes, from opera to pop to novelty songs. A patriotic and military set will include the theme from the movie “Patton”; a medley by James Ployhar called “The Civil War”, featuring such songs as “The Battle Cry of Freedom,” “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” “Dixie” and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”; and sing-along numbers “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America.”

The public is urged to attend this program and to give generously to the band’s friend, Fyfe. The band has had numerous benefit concerts in the past but mostly for expanding their library or paying for flatbed expenses. This is the first time they have done a benefit for “one of their own.” For more information, call Parker at 372-6737.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.