Westmoreland community members gather for patriotic concerts

Musicians representing five Westmoreland County community groups will perform patriotic concerts at the Flight 93 Memorial and Gettysburg this month.

“Sitting next to people you don’t know, pulling out a sheet of music and putting on a great performance is the thing I love the most,” said Allegheny Township resident and Kiski member Patti Marco. Valley Community Band who will lead the performances. . “And dedicating this to the people who gave their lives for freedom is something we’re honored to share with everyone.”

Marco will lead musicians from his band with the Delmont Concert Band, Jeannette Community Band, Penn-Trafford Community Band and Scottdale Concert Band.

“We did something similar in 2019 in Washington, DC, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, playing at the World War II Memorial and other locations, including a military retirement home,” said Mark said.

The combined community band will play at 10 a.m. on August 27 at Flight 93 Memorial Plaza in Somerset County before heading further east for a 4 p.m. concert at the Gettysburg Battlefield Visitor Center. On August 28, they will perform at 3:00 p.m. at Gettysburg Town Square.

Marco said she was looking forward to performing “Flight of Valor” by James Swearingen.

“It was played on the grounds of Flight 93 the year after 9/11, and it’s based on the anthem ‘It Is Well With My Soul,'” she said.

Other pieces include “The Star Spangled Banner”; the main title theme of the movie “Gettysburg”; as well as “Going Home”, composed by retired Air Force veteran and Air Force Band member Jari Villanueva.

The band will also perform another of Villanueva’s arrangements, a four-part harmonized version of the Bugle Call of the Taps, which was originally played in memory of President John F. Kennedy on the 50th birthday. of his assassination.

Members of community groups have come together since 2016 to perform concerts throughout the region, including at Seton Hill University and the Palace Theater in Greensburg. In total, the five bands are made up of approximately 250 musicians from southwestern Pennsylvania.

“I’m really looking forward to visiting these sites and making music with this band,” Marco said. “Paying homage through music is a wonderful thing to be able to do.”


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