The Pensacola Civic Band announced that they are planning an inaugural Memorial Day Concert at the Hunter Amphitheater at the Vince J. Whibbs Sr Community Maritime Park, on Memorial Day, May 30th starting at 5 p.m.
The concert is sponsored in part by the Pensacola State Civic Band, Inc., Pensacola State College and the City Parks and Recreation Department of the City of Pensacola.
The concert will honor the memory of all of those lost in the service of our country. Included in the concert will be music from the World War II epic series, Band of Brothers, and American Pageant, composed by Thomas Knox of the US Marine Band and played at every Presidential Inauguration since the early 1970’s.
Special guests at the concert will include Rev. Gerald Mundy reciting the speech that General Douglas McArthur gave at West Point in 1962, Duty, Honor, Country and vocalist Holly Shelton singing the Lee Greenwood classic, God Bless the USA.
The highlight of the concert will be 98 year old Pearl Harbor Survivor, Frank Emond as he tells the audience of his experience on that fateful day during the performance of Jay Bocook’s At Dawn They Slept. He will then conduct Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever.
There will be food vendors at the Amphitheater. Concert goers should bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy the concert.
The concert is free to the public and the Pensacola Civic Band invites any veteran’s organizations to attend and be recognized at the concert as well as families of veterans lost in service of our country.
Additional sponsors are needed to help defray production costs for the concert. The Pensacola Civic Band is a 501(c)(3) organization and interested sponsors should also contact Mr. Garvin.
To learn more about the concert and the Pensacola Civic Band, visit www.pensacolacivicband.org.