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An array of military groups to perform in the Tri-State region this summer

An array of military groups to perform in the Tri-State region this summer

June 08, 2006|by KRISTIN WILSON

The Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series at Hagerstown Community College (HCC) will feature choral groups, a Celtic ensemble, a country-western band and traditional bands - all with a military flair.

Six military ensembles will perform free concerts throughout the summer at the community college's amphitheater starting Sunday, June 11. The last concert will be held Sept. 10.

"Our main objective (with the concert series) is to show off the amphitheater and give the public and college a chance to use it," says Wayne Taylor, president of the HCC Alumni Association. "We have a mixture. ... So we're pleasing a lot of tastes, hopefully."

The HCC Alumni Association hosted four concerts last year and is pleased to offer six this year, Taylor says.

"We had nice crowds at all four concerts last year," he says. "We hope to have a nice turnout this year - it's all free."

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This Sunday, the 229th Army Band will open the concert series at the college. Audiences can expect to hear a wide range of music, says 1st Sgt. A.L. Bundy, enlisted band leader.

"We give them patriotic music, which a lot of people come to see," he says. But the group also performs light jazz, rock and Broadway music. "It's not what you would think of traditional marches and patriotic music. (Audiences) will get to hear a little bit of everything," he says.

Throughout the summer, military musical groups will perform at multiple venues in the Tri-State region.

AMC's Own - 389th Army Band is performing "Salute to America," a concert of patriotic favorites, marches and Americana songs Thursday, June 15, at The Capitol Theatre in Chambersburg, Pa. In July, the U.S. Navy Band's Country Current, a country and bluegrass group, will appear at Memorial Park in Chambersburg for a performance.

There are two military band concerts on the schedule this summer at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park. On Saturday, July 8, the U.S. Army Concert Band is performing at the historical park's visitor center and Free Country, a U.S. Marine Band ensemble, will make an appearance Sept. 2, according to information on the park's Web site.

The U.S. Air Force Heritage Aire, the Celtic ensemble that is lined up to play at HCC and at least three other places in the Tri-State area in June. The Celtic group brings a contemporary approach to traditional Celtic music, and ensemble members play traditional instruments such as the Irish flute, tin whistles and the Scottish small pipes. Standard instruments like the guitar and oboe also are used, according to publicity information.

All of these concerts, including the Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series, are free.

The HCC concert series is co-sponsored by the HCC Alumni Association, Joint Veteran's Council of Washington County, Hagerstown American Legion Post 42 Honor Guard and Williamsport American Legion Post 202.

The Alumni Association will be selling refreshments at the concerts. Fixed seats are available at the amphitheater but concertgoers can also bring their own blankets and lawn chairs for grass seating, Taylor says.

The last concert in the series will feature The U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus, on Sunday, Sept. 10. That concert will be part of Hagerstown Community College's 60th anniversary celebration weekend.




Partial summer schedule for military band and choral concerts



The Hagerstown Community College AlumniAssociation Red, White and Blue Concert Series:

Sunday, June 11, 3:30 p.m. - 229th Army Band (Maryland Army National Guard 45-member band)

Monday, June 19, 6:30 p.m. - U.S. Air Force Heritage Aire (Celtic ensemble)

Sunday, June 25, 3:30 p.m. - U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters (choral group)

Sunday, July 9, 3:30 p.m. - U.S. Navy Band's Country Current (country and bluegrass group)

Sunday, Aug. 20, 3:30 p.m. - U.S. Marine Band (full band)

Sunday, Sept. 10, 3:30 p.m. - U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus (concert band and choral group)

Other military band concerts:

Thursday, June 15, 7 p.m. - AMC's Own - 389th Army Band, "Salute to America," The Capitol Theatre, Chambersburg, Pa.; free; call 1-717-263-0202 to reserve tickets.

Sunday, June 18, 6 p.m. - U.S. Air Force Heritage Aire (Celtic ensemble), Berkeley Springs State Park, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; free; rain location, the Ice House, corner of Independence and Mercer streets; call 1-800-447-8797.

Tuesday, June 20, 7 p.m. - U.S. Air Force Heritage Aire (Celtic ensemble), Catoctin High School, Thurmont, Md.; free.

Wednesday, June 21, 7 p.m. - U.S. Air Force Heritage Aire (Celtic ensemble), Baker Park band shell, Frederick, Md.; free; call 1-301-694-2489.

Saturday, July 8, 6 p.m. - U.S. Army Concert Band, Cavalier Heights Visitor Center, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park; free; call 1-304-535-6298.

Thursday, July 20, 7 p.m. - U.S. Navy Band's Country Current (country and bluegrass group), Memorial Park, Chambersburg, Pa.; free; call 1-717-261-3275.

Thursday, Aug. 10, 7 p.m. - The Volunteers (U.S. Army five-member show band), War Memorial Park, Martinsburg, W.Va.; free, call 1-304-264-4842.

Saturday, Sept. 2, 6 p.m. - U.S. Marine Band ensemble Free Country, Cavalier Heights Visitor Center, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park; free; call 1-304-535-6298.

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