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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

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

The first concert takes place inside the Clay County Courthouse at 10 a.m., and precedes the annual ceremony conducted by local veterans' organizations.

On Nov. 11, 1918, the 3-year-old Jackson Township Community Band assembled at the very same courthouse to play a concert recognizing the end of World War I with the Germans signing an armistice ending hostilities.

The "Great War," as it was then known, was renamed World War I after the beginning of World War II.

Among the music played that day was George M. Cohan's war song, "Over There!" The Jackson Township Community Band plays the same arrangement each year.

In 1954, Armistice Day was changed to Veteran's Day honoring American military veterans of all wars.

Military band music by notables such as Lt. Commander John Philip Sousa, Fred Jewell, Henry Fillmore and Karl L. King will echo throughout the courthouse now as the 96-year-old band sounds off for its longest musical engagement.

Van Buren Elementary School will also host the Jackson Township Community Band for a concert presented to the students and staff and invited veterans Friday, Nov. 11, at 1 p.m.

The Veteran's Day concert will be Huber's 44th continuous Veteran's Day show at the courthouse. In 1968, there were still many Clay County World War I veterans recalling their days in the trenches "Over There," as former director, the late Carl Kumpf, led the band through several of the same marches the band has programmed for this year's event.

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