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Free community band Independence Day concert

What is more American than celebrating our independence with a parade, fireworks and a band concert?

For the first time in over 90 years, this trio will be complete as the traditional parade and fireworks now are joined by the Pagosa Springs Community Band in a free concert on July 4, Independence Day.

The community band in Pagosa Springs was noted in 1917, but records of its existence cannot be located after that time. The new Pagosa Springs Community Band will perform at 1:30 p.m. on the back lawn of the Springs Resort Hotel, directly across the footbridge from the county courthouse.

Please join us. Bring a blanket and enjoy rousing patriotic music, instrumental and vocal solos, stirring vocal ensemble renditions of some of your favorite band music, uplifting Sousa marches and, of course, what Independence Day concert would be complete without the “1812 Overture,” including the cannon fire?

Pagosa Springs High School graduate and recent Fort Lewis College graduate with a bachelor of music degree, Malinda Fultz, will conclude the concert by directing “Stars and Stripes Forever,” by John Phillip Sousa. This will be her first appearance with the community band as a guest conductor. She plays saxophone in the band, and is also playing in the pit orchestra of the theater production of “Cinderella.”

Serving in his second appearance as a guest conductor with the Community Band will be Director of Choral and Instrumental Music Dan Burch. He is widely known throughout the community for his work with the high school choir, the high school band, the high school jazz band, high school musicals and the Community Choir. Burch is also a charter member of the Community Band, and has been key in its growth and development.

The Community Band is jointly sponsored by the Pagosa Springs Instrumental Music Society and the Pagosa Springs Choral Society.

This concert is offered free of charge, however donations will be gratefully accepted. Should you play a band instrument and wish to join our band for this concert, contact either of the band’s co-directors: Larry Baisdon, at 731-0244 or Bill Gottschalk, at 903-4145.

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