Band to present Salute to Veterans concert

Veterans will be honored during the Oneonta Community Concert Band’s annual Salute to Veterans concert in Oneonta at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10.

The concert this year will be at the FoxCare Center on state Route 7 in the town of Oneonta.

Conductor Andrew Pease, in a media release, said the program will highlight marches by several composers, especially works by John Philip Sousa such as “The Black Horse Troop” and “Semper Fidelis.” The band also will play selections from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “South Pacific,” he said, and in respect to more recent conflicts, Eric Ewazen’s “Hymn for the Lost and the Living” will be performed.

“I hope that listeners will not only enjoy the music, but also reflect, through this music, on the sacrifices made by veterans in the name of our country and our freedoms,” Pease, an assistant professor of music and director of instrumental music at Hartwick College in Oneonta, said in the release. “This program will both celebrate the military and remember the tragedies, past and present, that make our military so necessary.”

The OCCB invites all veterans to attend the concert with their families, friends and members of the community. There is no fee to attend.

Thomas Beattie, OCCB board vice president, said in the release the Salute to Veterans concert is to honor men and women who have served or are serving the nation.

According to the release, the OCCB has been presenting this  concert of patriotic music for 18 years.

“We especially look forward to playing `Armed Forces Salute,’ a medley of service songs, and it is always a thrill to see service men and women, and their families, rise to applause as their anthem is played,” Beattie said in the release. This concert will end, as always, with a stirring rendition of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” sung by the band’s vocalist, Rebecca Sabin, he added.

The OCCB includes professional, amateur and student musicians from throughout the area. The group regularly gives free concerts to share different styles of music, including band pieces, jazz, swing, show tunes and transcriptions from orchestral works.

For more information, contact Beattie at 607-432-7085.

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