Sunday, September 22, 2019

Minute Man National Historical Park 60th Anniversary Concert

The Concord Band was honored to present a concert in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Minute Man National Historical Park on Saturday, September 21, 2019, in Concord. Hearkening back to the 1970s when the Concord Band played weekly during the summer at the North Bridge Visitors Center, Music Director James O'Dell led the Band in music appropriate for a celebratory occasion and to the location above the North Bridge in Concord. National Park Superintendent B. J. Dunn invited dignitaries and the public to listen to the Concord Band while viewing the North Bridge.

View of audience from Band at
Minute Man National Historical Park's
60th Anniversary Concert.
The Band's musical selections included, among others, Claire Grundman's Spirit of 76, Steven Reineke's Main Street Celebration, two Sousa marches, and the appropriate North Bridge Portrait, written for the Concord Band in 1999 by Stephen Bulla. The piece beautifully evokes the special nature of the North Bridge area and the events that occurred there on April 19, 1775, including the Shot Heard Round the World. The Band thanks Superintendent Dunn and his staff for their support. The concert was a great way for the Band to transition from its own 60th anniversary to the new 2019–20 season of music in Concord.