Special recognition will be given to area veterans and to the men and women currently serving in the United States Armed Forces at the Memorial Day Concert performed by the Oak Ridge Community Band on Monday evening, May 30. This concert will start at 7 p.m. Monday at A.K. Bissell Park.
The public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for outdoor seating. There is no admission fee for this concert, but donations are gratefully appreciated to help offset band expenses.
Also present in the park will be Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lab, which will continue its tradition of providing refreshments during the community band summer concert season, a press release said.
The Community Band will perform “Armed Forces Medley 72” with the theme songs of the Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy, and veterans and currently serving military persons will be asked to stand during the song representing their branch of service.
Guest performers in Monday’s concert include the Community Band Singers and vocal soloists Melissa Brook-Greene and Deidre Ford. Among the patriotic pieces and musical favorites on the program are “God Bless America,” “Semper Fidelis,” “God Bless the U.S.A.,” “The Longest Day,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “The Homefront,” “The Girl I Left Behind Me,” “Oklahoma,” and a number of others.
The Oak Ridge Community Band directed by Dale Pendley and assistant conductor Lisa Michaels will begin rehearsals on Thursday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, for the July 4 concert. Area musicians including college students and summer employees are encouraged to join the band for the summer concerts and can visit www.orcb.org or call (865) 483-3044 for more information.
This press release was submitted by Barbara Gritzner, publicist for the Oak Ridge Community Band.
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