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Band trumpets veterans on Memorial Day
The Northwinds Symphonic Band will feature music honoring servicemen and women at its “The Spirit of American Heroes” concert Monday at First Baptist Church in Gainesville.

The Northwinds Symphonic Band will present the eighth annual Memorial Day concert at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 27, at First Baptist Church on Green Street in Gainesville.

The concert traditionally draws hundreds of veterans and their families. The theme for this year’s concert is “The Spirit of American Heroes,” and will feature music honoring servicemen and women from the Revolutionary War period, the Civil War period and the present era.

The concert will spotlight two veterans who have distinguished themselves in their services to their country and communities: Cecil Boswell and Dave Dellinger. Boswell will be remembered as the World War II veteran who marches in uniform each year in the Memorial Day parade. Dellinger has distinguished himself as a commander of the American Legion in Gainesville and a supporter of the annual Memorial Day parade.

In addition to the 80-member symphonic band, the concert will bring back a traditional favorite, the “singing deputy,” Jonathan Jackson performing Elvis Presley’s American Trilogy and other patriotic favorites. Other guests include Bill Risinger and the Lakewood Quartet singing music from the Revolutionary period and David Arvold conducting the band as the veterans march around the church in the popular “walk about.”

Admission is free, and donations are welcomed.