Concerts salute veterans this week

The Gainesville Community Band performs its annual James King Veterans Day Concert on Sunday at the Phillips Center. (COURTESY OF THE GAINESVILLE COMMUNITY BAND)

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at 5:22 p.m.

Veterans Day is a time for reflection and appreciation, and thanks to concerts planned at the Phillips Center today and Sunday, an opportunity to salute those who have served with meaningful sounds and musical reflection.


Buchholz Veterans Day Concert

What: The Buchholz High School Band program presents annual performance saluting veterans
When: 7 tonight
Where: Phillips Center, 315 Hull Road
Cost: Free, one non-perishable food item per person requested for donation

James B. King Veterans Day Concert
What: The Gainesville Community Band performs selections to honor all who have served in the military
When: 3 p.m. Sunday
Where: Phillips Center, 315 Hull Road
Cost: $6, at the door

TODAY: The annual Veterans Day Concert presented by the Buchholz High School Band program has become a tradition involving members of the community. Billed as a musical salute to troops, today’s 7 p.m. performance features guest conductor Les Muncaster of the U.S. Air Force Band, University of Florida President Bernie Machen as narrator and WUFT-FM “Morning Edition” host Richard Drake as master of ceremonies.

The concert features performances by such Buchholz ensembles as the Buchholz High School Golden Regiment, Wind Symphony, Jazz Band and the Aviance Dance Ensembles, and the program includes a range of slections from “God Bless America” to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

The Jazz Band is set to perform such standards as “Pennsylvania 6-5000” and “America the Beautiful,” while the Wind Symphony is scheduled to perform such numbers as “Espirit de Corps” and John Philip Sousa’s rousing “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

Having an opportunity to perform such a program to an audience often filled with veterans leaves an indelible impression on the student performers, says Randy Wright, president of the Buchholz Band Boosters and executive director of UF’s Division of Multimedia Properties, whose WUFT, 89.1 FM, will broadcast the performance live.

“They understand emotionally how much this means to the veterans, so every year they’re very excited about doing this,” Wright says about the students.

Admission is free with one non-perishable food item per person requested to benefit local charities.

SUNDAY: The Gainesville Community Band’s annual James B. King Veterans Day Concert is another community tradition that annually presents a program of patriotic songs and marching band favorites.

Billed to honor all those who have served in the military, Sunday’s 3 p.m. performance will feature “Star Spangled Spectacular: The Music of George M. Cohan,” “Armed Forces Salutes” and marches by Sousa including “The Stars and Stripes Forever” along with the national anthem and “America the Beautiful.”

Named for King, a late member of the band who had served as principal clarinet and assistant conductor of the United States Marine Band, the performance also features the presentation of a clarinet to a student in King’s honor. William Dishman, principal trumpet for the Gainesville Community Band, will be guest conductor of Sunday’s performance. Tickets are $6 and available at the door.

For a complete list of events commemorating Veterans Day including special ceremonies, see the Calendar on page 8.

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