U.S. Marine Band brings country to Harpers Ferry

August 30, 2007|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. - Members of the U.S. Marine Band hope to show why Free Country is a good thing.

Free Country, the Marine Band's eight-member country music ensemble, will be performing Saturday at Harpers Ferry.

It's the band's sixth showing at the park, said organizer Douglas Craze, a member of the Harpers Ferry/Bolivar District Veterans Association, which hosts military concerts at the park every summer.

"Free Country has always been a crowd favorite," Craze said.

The ensemble plays "contemporary country-rock," said Master Gunnery Sgt. Peter Wilson, the group's fiddler and backup singer.

The band plays a combination of original songs and contemporary country covers, with a few old standards, Wilson said.

Free Country debuted its original song "An American Pledge" at Harpers Ferry in 2001, the first year the band performed at the venue.

"We performed that song three days before 9/11," Wilson said. "This song kind of took on a new meaning after that."


If you go ...

WHAT: Free Country performs

WHEN: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept.1

WHERE: The lawn of Mather Training Center at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, off Filmore St., Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

COST: Free

MORE: Bring chairs and picnic baskets but no alcohol. For more information, call 304-535-6298.

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