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JTCB to perform at courthouse

Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Jackson Township Community Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, will perform at the Clay County Courthouse on Veteran's Day, Nov. 11.

The concert will begin at 10:15 a.m., in the rotunda of the courthouse.

On Nov. 11, 1918, members of the JTCB hastily assembled at the courthouse to celebrate the Armistice, the surrender document signed by the Germans, which would go in effect at "the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month."

For every Armistice Day, later known as Veterans' Day (as of 1954), the JTCB has performed to honor not only the veterans of World War I, but also all veterans of American history.

It is the band's longest standing musical engagement.

Keeping with the traditions started in 1918, the band will perform "Over There!" by George M. Cohan, which became the nation's rallying song during the Great War, as World War I was called at the time. Not until World War II began, did the name change to World War I.

The band will also play marches by Lt. Commander John Philip Sousa who in 1917, at the age of 62, accepted a commission in the Naval Reserves as bandmaster for the Great Lakes Naval Training Center. Sousa turned out scores of Navy bands and also wrote many marches for the military at that time.

The concert will include, "El Captain," "The Washington Post," "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (all by Sousa), "His Honor" and "Gifted Leadership" by Fillmore, "American Patrol" by Meacham, "National Emblem" by Bagley, "Shrine of Liberty" by Jewell, "Hosts of Freedom" by King and "Sons of the Brave" by Bidgood.

Following the concert, members of the Clay County veterans' organizations will present colors and the annual ceremony.

In the afternoon, the Jackson Township Community Band will perform at Staunton Elementary School.

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