Thursday, June 30, 2011

Strike Up The Band!

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(The first few performers assemble)

So... Strike Up The Band - There's Music at hand!

We're all
in a group
where we'll watch this fine troupe
when they're finally gathered!

They give
a fine show
Once-a-week and you'd know
our town's
small enough for tradition!

Yes there's
homemade ice cream,
children laugh, dance, and twirl ---
And we
end with the National Anthem!

All's there
from a March
to an Air, and we clap
along with
the Sousa! D'you wish you were here?

by Yours Truly

This is our Municipal Band that plays for several weeks during the summer. The participants are local musicians; a few professionals, a few that play for "the fun of it," a few that have brought their old high school/college instrument back out of the closet, and a few high school students. There's always one Monday night, two-hour practice and the Tuesday night concert! A very enjoyable tradition.

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Rose said...

This is so wonderful, Shady! I doubt there are many small towns that keep up this tradition these days. It reminds me of "The Music Man." Have a Happy Fourth!

Shady Gardener said...

Thanks, Rose! :-)

troutbirder said...

What no rap "music"? Just kidding. Only in small town America. Rochester has a free summer concert series but sadly most of the remaning small town bandstands around here are mostly idle. :(

Shady Gardener said...

Hi troutbirder, Rap music and all else is provided on different nights. ;-)

You're right. It's sad to hear of the demise of small town bandstands.

Patsi said...

Once a week how cool.
The last few years we had bands play on the beach on weekends...always working though.

Shady Gardener said...

Hi Patsi - It's wonderful. This and all the other things happening in town add up to Lots of fun and diversity!

Rosemary said...

Happy 4th!

Shady Gardener said...

Thanks Rosemary!! :-)

;Patrick said...

Hey Shady,
I haven't lived in a small yard but I graduated from Ksnsas State so I visited a lot when I was and now my hesrt is in them. Yesterday we figured out I have had my US citizenship for 20 years eo yesterday was very sweet for me.

Shady Gardener said...

Congratulations, Patrick! :-)