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All invited to free concert celebrating female veterans

Each year, the Nature Coast Community band pays tribute to our nation’s veterans during Veterans Appreciation Week. This year Conductor Cindy Hazzard has selected music honoring the role of women veterans.

The 93 musician symphonic concert band will present two concerts, first at Citrus Springs Community Center, 1570 W. Citrus Springs Blvd., on Saturday, Oct. 26, and at Cornerstone Baptist Church, in Inverness at the corner of Highland Boulevard and South Montgomery Avenue on Sunday, Oct. 27. Both Veterans Appreciation Concerts are free and begin at 2:30 p.m.

Of special note, the band will perform “Elegy for the USS Arizona” by Larry MacTaggart. This solemn work contains fragments of the Navy Hymn — “Eternal Father, Strong and Brave” — honoring the 22 Navy band members who perished among the thousand other sailors aboard the Arizona in Honolulu Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Featured on the program will be “Fantasia” for Alto Saxophone by Claude T. Smith. The soloist for both performances will be Inverness resident Patricia Johnson who served in the United States Marine Corps Band. Because of its artistic challenges, this composition is often used in competitions and as an audition piece for orchestras.

Later in the program, Jenny Gill from Pine Ridge (Saturday) and Shelby Crane from Wildwood (Sunday), plus Kelsey Crawford from Citrus Springs (Lecanto Middle School music director), and Emily Goode from Ocala (Dunnellon Middle School music director) will perform the Andrews Sisters classic “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” They will be accompanied by a swing band comprised of NCCB musicians with Roger Johnson from Citrus Hills as the Bugle Boy.

All NCCB concerts are free of admission charge. Music literature, operating expenses, and scholarships to high school and college musicians are funded by NCCB audiences and NCCB Friends in the community.

Donations should be sent to NCCB, 2756 N. Stampede Drive, Beverly Hills, FL 34465.

Members of the band travel from several surrounding counties to rehearse on Tuesday evenings at The Rock Crusher Road Church of God. Contact Cindy Hazzard if you would like to explore the possibility of joining the NCCB 352-601-7394 or nccommunityband@gmail.com. Rehearsals begin at 6:30 p.m. and are open to the public.

For more information or directions, visit www.naturecoastcommunityband.com.

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