Clare’s Shamrock Park Pavilion is the place to be to enjoy a full program of patriotic and genuine American music. On Saturday, June 25 at 8 p.m., the Gateway Community Band will continue this concert tradition that started back in 2006.
The evening’s program has nearly 40 tunes dealing with the history and culture of this proud nation. Near the concert’s beginning, there will be a dramatic flag raising as a 25 foot long ensign will be lifted behind the band as they perform the National Anthem. Along with a number of patriotic marches, there will be samples of uniquely American music styles including Broadway tunes from “West Side Story.”
Also included is a musical salute to the nation’s servicemen and women as the band presents the service songs from all five branches of military. There is never an admission charge to attend but money raised from donations and advertising in the band’s programs is put to good use supporting area school band programs once Gateway’s expenses are covered.
The band members are volunteers who travel to Clare for practice each week from all over mid-Michigan. Musicians from Gladwin, Beaverton, Harrison, Farwell, Clare and even some as far away as Midland, Evart, Baldwin and Ludington make the weekly trip. Saturday’s concert promises to be fun for folks of all ages as it is part of a busy schedule of events coordinated by the Clare Chamber of Commerce at this locale.
Plan on bringing your own lawn chair and enjoy a comfortable evening of music and fun under the spacious pavilion. Your neighbor will be there! For more information, check out the Gateway Band Facebook page at Gateway Community Band or their website, www.gatewaybands.org.