Star Spangled Spectacular (November 11, 2018 3:00p.m.)

Please join us, as the North Port Symphony, led by Maestro Robert Romanski, presents an inspiring and entertaining tribute to America and its Heroes.  Patriotic and American selections will honor our country and the people dedicated to preserving our freedom! 

Special Musical Selections will include:

Raise the Roof” by Michael Daugherty

A one-movement concerto for timpani and orchestra by the American composer Michael Daugherty. The piece has influences of rock and roll and latin rhythms, and utilizes significant portions of extended technique in the solo part, including the use of foot pedals for melodic tuning, playing with an upside-down cymbal on the drumhead, and striking the drums with maraca sticks, wire brushes, and even the player’s bare hands. 


John Bannon

John Bannon

Guest Artist

John Bannon is the Principal Timpanist with The Florida Orchestra, and the conductor of the USF Health Orchestra and the St. Petersburg Community Band. He teaches at Hillsborough Community College, St. Petersburg Community College, and, during summers, at the Kinhaven Music School. He is a graduate of Northeast High School in St. Petersburg and earned degrees in Percussion Performance from the University of South Florida  (BA), the University of Michigan (MM), and in Instrumental Conducting from the University of Miami (DMA). John and his wife Carmen, a flutist in the Sarasota Orchestra and herself an alumna of NEHI, USF, and Michigan, live in St. Petersburg. They have adult children who are, respectively an elementary educator in Hillsborough County and director of the USF color guard, and a recent graduate of the Oberlin conservatory and a freelance percussionist in the Tampa Bay Area.
Mike O'Meara

Mike O'Meara

Guest Narrator

Mike O’Meara has been on the air for nearly 40 years.  Born in Glastonbury, Connecticut, he first gained national prominence as one half of The Don and Mike Show.  He specializes in storytelling, narration, and has a seemingly endless range of character voices.  He currently hosts The Mike O’Meara Show (, a daily radio show with millions of downloads and a passionate fanbase.  He lives in Florida with his wife and son.

Pre-Concert Series Artist

November 11, 2018 1:30p.m. to 2:30p.m. North Port Performing Arts Center Courtyard.


Al and Julie

This musical duo is a combination of Julie Metcalf, a classically trained and Grammy nominated violinist with a passion for Rock, Blues and Country music and Alan Clark, a guitar player who enjoys singing Classic Rock, Blues and Country tunes.  With a play list of over 200 songs this duo can play background music for a cocktail party or reception or get everyone up and dancing and singing along.  Although there are only two members to this group, modern technology allows them to sound like a larger band.

AL AND JULIE also enjoy performing at Senior Centers, Assisted Living and Memory Care Facilities. They tailor their music to the age of the audience and enjoy watching them tap their feet and sometimes sing along.