Members of the Lake George Community Band march through Pottersville during the North Warren Bicentennial Parade held Aug. 24. It was the largest local procession in many decades — and the accompanying Bicentennial Festival, held on the Old Pottersville Fairgrounds, was the largest of its kind since at least 1916.
A concert of patriotic music — honoring area veterans, military personnel and their families — is to be held Sunday Nov. 17 at the Glens Falls High School auditorium on Quade St. and Sherman Avenue in Glens Falls. The concert, featuring the Lake George Community Band conducted by the band’s new music director Michael Craner, begins at 2 p.m.
Admission is free to all active-duty military personnel and veterans, who are encouraged to wear their uniforms. For all others, admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under.
Warren County Historian Ann McCann said this week the concert will also pay tribute to the county’s bicentennial, as it features historical narratives highlighting county history from the Revolutionary War to the present day.
Special bicentennial memorabilia — books and pins — will be available at no charge, while supplies last, to veterans and military personnel.
Band publicist Dale Perry said that the band members were pleased to bring raise awareness about county history as well as recognize those who have served out nation.
“We’ll be paying homage to veterans of all wars for their patriotism and willingness to serve in the military and sacrifice for our country,” he said in a prepared statement. The patriotic music is to include some familiar period music as well as pieces depicting famous historical events.
In addition to honoring veterans and service personnel and highlighting county history, the concert draws attention to the 10th anniversary of the Lake George Community Band, which had its first public performance in the 2003 for the centennial celebration of Lake George Village of Lake George.
Consisting of more than 65 volunteer musicians, the community band performs a series of summer concerts in Lake George’s Shepard Park, as well as several concerts annually in the Wood Theater in Glens Falls. It also hosts an annual festival of community bands — which draws noted musical groups from Canada as well as the U.S..
Also, the band’s marching division has participated in various community parades in the region, most recently as a featured group in the North Warren bicentennial celebration held this summer in Pottersville.
The next concert after this special Nov. 17 military tribute is a holiday concert set for Dec. 21, also in the Glens Falls High School auditorium.
Free transportation to and from the Nov. 17 concert is offered by a local veterans’ support group, which can be reached via email at: thankyouforyourservice, or by calling Dave Collins at 791-0188.
Tickets for the Nov. 17 concert are available in advance or at the door through the Wood Theater Box office at 874-0800 or: www.woodtheater.org.
County Clerk Pam Vogel said this week the band’s tribute to both the county’s history and area military personnel demonstrated the group’s admirable values.
“They are making an important contribution to our community and our veterans,” she said. “This is a very special event.”