November 11 is Veterans Day in the United States, and to celebrate this event, the Oak Ridge Community Band/Wind Ensemble will present “Musical Salute to Veterans” concert on Sunday afternoon, November 12, in the sanctuary at Central Baptist Church.
Central Baptist Church is at 130 Providence Road, just across the street from Oak Ridge High School. The performance will begin at 3:30 p.m., and all area veterans plus family and friends are especially invited to attend this concert, which will include recognition of veterans and their service to our country, a press release said.
There will be no admission fee for this concert, but donations will be gratefully appreciated, the press release said.
It said band director Dale Pendley has planned a program of patriotic music and tunes, along with a reading of names of veterans attending the concert. Men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces can sign their name, rank, and branch of service at the ticket table, and these names will be read during the concert program. Program announcer will be Maggie Bayer, retired USAF reserve lieutenant colonel and a member of the Community Band’s percussion section.
Guest vocalists for the Veterans Day program will be Roscoe Shipley singing “Star-Spangled Banner—Symphonic Portrait”and Deidre Ford singing “As Time Goes By.” The band will also perform Bob Lowden’s arrangement of “Armed Forces Salute” featuring the theme songs of each military branch including “The Caisson Song,” “Semper Paratus,” “The Marines’ Hymn,” “The U.S. Air Force,” and “Anchors Aweigh.”The audience will also enjoy hearing a number of other patriotic selections, Gershwin’s “An American in Paris,” and a rousing rendition of Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.
Although Sunday’s concert is free, season passes for just $15 per adult will still be available for admission to the remaining concerts in the 2017-2018 series.
Community Band rehearsals are held every Thursday, and musicians who would like to join can visit www.orcb.org or call (865) 483-3044 for more information. Also, the public is invited to follow the Community Band on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OakRidgeCommunityBand.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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