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'Salute to Veterans’ concert features Lake George Community Band

Event pays tribute to military personnel

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.

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. Photo by Thom Randall.

— 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..

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