Band opens 'Red, White & Blue' concert series

June 11, 2007|by ERIN JULIUS

HAGERSTOWN - A patriotic crowd gathered at the Hagerstown Community College Alumni Amphitheater Sunday afternoon for a few hours of music performed by the 229th U.S. Army National Guard Band.

Bonita Cunningham, of Hagerstown, loves the annual "Red, White & Blue" concert series.

"Number one, it's free. It would be stupid not to come to something this good," she said as she sat in the stands with Dorothy Garling and Janet Miller.

Miller, of Chambersburg, Pa., likes the service bands because she's patriotic.

"I'm all for anything that's for our country," she said. "We need to support our soldiers in every way that we can."

The women saw a majority of the "Red, White & Blue" concerts last year.

"We all love music," said Garling, of Hagerstown. "We love the service men - and women. We support them."

Sunday's concert kicked off the third year of the concert series.

Sunday's National Guard band was as "good as any band you'll ever hear anyplace," said Ronald Wayne Taylor, who organizes the concert series.


Wayne Crawford, who served in the Air Force, and his wife, Carolyn Crawford, drove from Martinsburg, W.Va., for the concert.

He likes that the bands play marching songs and she enjoys spending time outside.

The band didn't disappoint Wayne Crawford. One of its first selections was John Philip Sousa's "Manhattan Beach."

Men in the crowd held their hats over their hearts as AMVETS Post 10 posted and retired the flags, and as the band played a crisp rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

HCC's alumni association began the concert series to use the amphitheater and to get the military before the public, Taylor said.

He encouraged people to check out the concerts.

"If we keep getting decent crowds, I can keep getting the bands," he said. "It's a fine afternoon of good music."

All concerts are free and open to the public.

If you go

The "Red, White & Blue" concerts are free and open to the public and held at the HCC Alumni Amphitheater.

Sunday, June 17, 3:30 p.m. - The U.S. Air Force Brass Quintet

Monday, July 9, 6 p.m. - The U.S. Navy Country Current

Sunday, Aug. 19, 3:30 p.m. - The U.S. Navy Sea Chanters, choral group

Sunday, Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m. - The U.S. Army Field Band Soldier's Chorus

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