By Taylor Tweedell
My first arts event for the summer was with the Quincy Park Band during the Memorial Day performance, woot! Before the show my friends and I grabbed some shaved ice to cool off from the hot summer heat. It was the perfect treat to pair with the performance. Even though the evening was hot, we set up chairs and blankets in the shade. The nearby playground provided fun for younger children, and families also brought coolers and enjoyed a picnic in the park as the band played their patriotic selections.
The QHS Show choir opened for the Park Band with fun and inspiring tunes that had the audience members singing along. After their performance, the members of the Quincy Park Band took the stage. They were clearly inspired by the holiday music they were playing, because they all dressed up in red, white, or blue patriotic attire. They played several beautiful pieces including “America Forever March” (composed in honor of Pearl Harbor), “Songs of the Great War” (displayed music’s role in WWI), “The Message of the Rock”, and “America the Beautiful”. Many of the selections for the evening were representative of World War I in honor of the 100th anniversary of America’s involvement in the war.
My favorite moment in the concert was when the Quincy Park Band played the Armed Forces Salute to honor all active members and veterans. Each branch of the military was invited to stand when called and applause rang out through the park. A large number of veterans and servicemen and women were in attendance for the Memorial Day concert, which made this moment even more touching.
I am a HUGE fan of all things America! Seriously, I have a 6’ by 4’ American flag hanging from my ceiling in my room here at home and in my dorm at school. This made this particular concert so enjoyable for me since it was full of patriotic music. I loved seeing so many people come to not only support the local Park Band, but to also remember all of our wonderful servicemen and women. I am so grateful for all that they have done for our country and I think it is so cool that we can thank them for their service through music, dancing, singing and art. The Quincy Park Band has several more patriotic concerts coming up, so you still have a chance to hear some inspiring American music!
The Quincy Park Band closed their show with John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and announced that their next concert will take place this Sunday June 10 at 6:30 in Madison Park and is entitled “Spring Into Summer”. This is their 70th season of providing relaxing, enjoyable performances with their band that is made up of over 100 talented local musicians.
Check out quincyparkband.com or the AQ magazine for details on everything Park Band and their upcoming summer schedule. In case of rain, the Quincy Park Band will hold their concerts at the Kroc Center Worship Theatre located at 405 Vermont St.
Announcements regarding rainouts will be found on the group’s Facebook page or by calling 573-312-0637.