"The Great American Composers," at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, is a musical celebration of the great American composers and lyricists who together crafted a body of work that is uniquely American, from Tin Pan Alley to Broadway, from jazz standards to the songs that won the war. In an age when hardly anything is made in America anymore, "The Great American Composers" is 100-percent made in the United States of America.

Every performance is a musical journey through the lives of the people we call the "Greatest Generation" - those Americans who grew up in the United States during the deprivation of the Great Depression, and then went on to fight in World War II, as well as those whose productivity within the war's home front made a decisive material contribution to the war effort.

Born in New Jersey and now living in southwest Florida, Dave DeLuca has been a professional musician since 1977. In 1989, he placed first in the annual ASCAP New Songwriter's Competition in New York City and subsequently joined the Songwriter's Guild Of America. After several stints playing guitar and bass and singing in several rock and punk groups throughout New Jersey and New York City, including the acclaimed hard blues band Wild Life, he switched gears and became a jazz/pop singer. In 2011, DeLuca beat out several hundred hopefuls and won a starring role in the Count Basie Theatre's annual Sinatra Birthday Bash, where he was accompanied by the Red Bank Jazz Orchestra led by Maestro Joe Muccioli.

"The Great American Composers" will be at the Captiva Memorial Library, 11560 Chapin Lane. Admission is free. For more information, call the library at (239) 472-2133.