Municipal Band kicks off summer concert series

June 11, 2007|by KAREN HANNA

HAGERSTOWN - One week after hosting the Western Maryland Blues Fest, the band shell at City Park came alive with the martial bah-de-dum of a drum and the twittering of fifes.

People on folding chairs, blankets and benches tapped their feet or swayed to music, as others glanced at newspapers or read books. One couple played backgammon.

"This is our favorite spot on Sundays," said Cathy Newcomer of Ringgold, who was one of hundreds of people at the park Sunday for the Hagerstown Municipal Band's first concert of the summer.

Conductor Lynn Lerew said the band is beginning its 93rd season.

Sunday's concert paid tribute to Flag Day, which is Thursday, and several selections had a patriotic flare, including a fife and drum performance.


Martin Miller, who went to the concert with a friend, said he enjoyed the performance.

"It's such a nice evening, you can't help but enjoy this," said Miller, of Clear Spring.

Ten-year-old Patrick Willock, of Smithsburg, and his grandmother, Linda Willock, of Hagerstown, bumped shoulder to shoulder as they swayed to the music.

Patrick said he would like to learn to play the drums or trumpet, but his grandmother has other ideas.

"And, I think he should learn the bagpipes ... just because of our Scottish heritage," said Willock, who believes more people should take advantage of the free Sunday concerts.

"(It would) be a good idea for people to turn their TVs off and come out," Willock said.

For Newcomer and her husband, Charles Newcomer, the concerts are nearly must-see events.

"We love it, we're here a lot of the time - most of the time - on Sundays," Charles Newcomer said.

Newcomer said he and his wife typically go to Pen Mar Park on Sunday afternoons before listening to Hagerstown Municipal Band in the evenings.

Cathy Newcomer said the couple enjoys dancing at Pen Mar Park, which also features free music.

"We're 77 years old, but we still want to be able to move and enjoy life," she said.

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