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A symphonic salute to fallen heroes

Northwinds presents annual Memorial Day patriotic concert Monday

POSTED: May 24, 2012 12:30 a.m.

The Northwinds Symphonic Band will pay tribute to fallen soldiers with its “Duty, Honor, Country” concert on Memorial Day.

Monday’s concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Gainesville, 751 Green St. NW. Admission is free. It is being presented by the band and the Northeast Georgia History Center.

Conductor Ronald J. Evans will direct the ensemble of community musicians.

The concert will feature a number of special guests, including Riverside Military Academy’s Lt. Col. J. Kevin Jarrard and guest conductor Vicki Pinson.

Tenor Jonathan Jackson will sing Elvis Presley’s “American Trilogy” and Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” Evans says.

In addition to paying tribute to groups like the Tuskegee Airmen, the performers will also honor local heroes.

“The traditional veterans’ walk-about will take place during the strains of the march, ‘Americans We,’” Evans said.

“We’re also including a musical tribute to John W. Jacobs Jr. — patriot, businessman and World War II veteran who passed away this year.

“(Soprano) Michelle Martin will perform a medley of American songs which will be dedicated to (Jacobs’) memory.”

According to the conductor, the centerpiece of the patriotic concert will be the ensemble’s performance of Richard Rodgers’ “Victory at Sea,” which will include a video montage of sea battles. The piece will be lead by associate conductor Mercer Crook.


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