Suntree Stars & Stripes July 3

Suntree United Methodist Church Presents Free Family Picnic & Concert  

Suntree United Methodist Church is pulling out all the stops for Suntree Stars & Stripes, a large and completely free patriotic celebration on Sunday, July 3 on the church grounds at 7400 N. Wickham Road, 32940. The fun starts at 4:00 PM, with an assortment of activities on the lawn for the kids, including Corn Toss, Jumbo Jenga, and Big Connect 4. Families can also follow clues during an enjoyable self-guided scavenger hunt. A free dinner of hamburgers and hot dogs will be served throughout the afternoon, along with pasta salad, chips, cookies, and lemonade. At 6:30 PM, the action moves indoors for a concert of patriotic favorites featuring the Melbourne Municipal Band, led by conductor Staci Rosbury, along with the Suntree United Methodist Chancel Choir under the direction of Dr. Robert E. Lamb. For more information about Suntree Stars & Stripes, call Suntree United Methodist Church at 321-242-2585.

Director of Welcome and Outreach for Suntree United Methodist Church, Grace Stiles-Williams, is looking forward to greeting old and new friends at Suntree Stars & Stripes.

“Suntree United Methodist Church is happy to invite the whole community for this wonderful patriotic celebration here on the church grounds,” said Ms. Stiles-Williams.  “It will be an afternoon and evening of fun, food, and music — all of it completely free.  Gathering with our neighbors is part of what it means to be American.”


 Juliet Smith of Suntree has a firm grip on the American flag during Suntree Stars & Stripes.  The annual patriotic festival at Suntree United Methodist Church features activities for kids, a free picnic dinner, and a concert by the Melbourne Municipal Band.  Call 321-242-2585 for more information. image and permission by (subject parent) tanner smith


For more than 50 years, the Melbourne Municipal Band (MMB) has performed an exciting variety of musical concerts. The MMB concert band and Swingtime, its 20-piece Big Band, perform popular tunes, themes from Broadway and Hollywood, patriotic songs and marches, classical music, and Big Band swing selections. One-third of MMB members are professional musicians and music educators. Many of them are alumni of top military bands and nationally known musical groups. Also performing as part of the MMB family are multiple ensembles, including Swingtime Lite, Oh Golly Dixieland Band, Adagio Sax Quartet, Sunshine Brass Quintet, and the Clarinetics, the Mel-bones, and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.

Staci Rosbury was named as the Conductor for the Melbourne Municipal Band in June of 2010 after serving as Associate Conductor, board member, and flute player in the band for nine years. Rosbury graduated from the University of Florida with her Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and with her Master of Music in Instrumental Conducting. She studied conducting with Dr. David A. Waybright while serving as a Graduate Assistant at the UF School of Music. After serving as the Director of Admissions and Undergraduate Advising for the School of Music at UF, she taught band and general music in the Florida Public Schools and became increasingly involved in the community music and theater scene in Central Florida.  Rosbury served as music director for shows at the Henegar Center and has played flute with the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, Central Florida Winds & Chamber Winds, Space Coast Flute Orchestra, and the MMB. She is currently the Administrator for the Indian River Symphonic Association, which hosts a concert series of national and international orchestras each year in Vero Beach. For more information about Melbourne Municipal Band, visit

ABOUT SUNTREE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH –Suntree United Methodist Church has been serving Brevard County since 1983. Its mission is to “Love God, love each other, and love our neighbors in extraordinary ways.” The church offers traditional services at 9:30 AM and 11:00 AM, as well as a contemporary service at 9:30 AM. The church is located at 7400 N. Wickham Road in the Suntree area of North Melbourne, Florida. For more information about services and the ministries of Suntree United Methodist Church, call 321-242-2585, visit or connect with them on Facebook.

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