Veterans’ tribute concert

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I wish to thank the Granby Senior Center, especially Lori Blackburn, and the Valley Brook Community Church for the special veterans’ tribute concert featuring the Governor’s Foot Guard Band on Nov. 8.

Bandmaster, Captain David Carlson and the band started with an inspiring John Phillips Souza march, followed by a Civil War medley and some significant WWI songs as a tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of the “war to end all wars.” They also treated us to some other music such as John Williams’ Star Wars from the latest movie, a rendition of some famous songs from Disney movies that Captain Carlson called “Disney at the Movies” and music from Chicago.

The band ended the evening with God Bless America (I could almost hear Kate Smith singing) and the Second Connecticut Regiment March made famous by Bob Steele as he used this march to end his morning show. Finally, Captain Carlson announced the Armed Forces Salute for each of the branches as the veterans stood to be recognized. It was a great patriotic, uplifting evening ending with America the Beautiful.

Again, thank you to all who made this night possible.