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Jackson Township Band to perform at Veterans Day event

Thursday, November 6, 2008

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The Jackson Township Community Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will perform its longest-standing annual musical event Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Clay County Courthouse.

The concert is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m., preceding the annual observance of Veteran's Day, by Clay County veterans organizations.

The band performed on Nov. 11, 1918, 90 years ago, at the courthouse in celebration of the Armistice, the surrender document signed by the Germans, effectively ending the Great War, also known as World War I.

The title of World War I did not occur until World War II began in 1939, and the observation of Armistice Day was changed to Veteran's Day in 1954.

To observe the milestone, the band will perform "Over There -- A Selection of World War Songs," arranged by Mayhew L. Lake. This medley includes several of the better known tunes of the day, including "Good-bye Broadway, Hello France!," "My Belgian Rose," "It's a Long Way to Berlin, But We'll Get There," "The Rose of No Man's Land," "K-K-K-Katy," "Keep Your Head Down, Fritzie Boy," "Where Do We Go From Here, Boys?," "Homeward Bound," and "Over There," by Broadway showman George M. Cohan.

John Philip Sousa organized Navy bands at Great Lakes Naval Training Center in World War I.

Commissioned a Lieutenant of the Naval Reserve, the 62-year-old march king was the oldest Navy recruit.

The band will perform Sousa's "Sabre and Spurs," and "Black Horse Troop."

The band will honor all veterans of United States history with "Armed Forces Salute," arranged by former Purdue University band director, the late Bill Moffit.

The official songs of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Marines will also be presented.



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