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July 4, 2013

Chisholm Trail Municipal Band celebrates being American with free concert in park

DUNCAN — Fuqua Park will fill with the sounds of patriotism.

For those unaware of what patriotism sounds like, the Chisholm Trail Municipal Band will perform many upbeat tunes, ranging from “Stars and Stripes Forever,” “The Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful.” The band will perform at 8 p.m. today at the park gazebo.

“It’s our annual thing,” Jennifer Bivens, band president, said. “We’ll celebrate being American.”

Bivens said the two previous concerts this season (June 6 and June 20) have had strong turnouts from spectators, and she anticipates tonight’s event will continue this trend. The other two performances didn’t have themes like tonight’s concert does.

Weather has played a great factor in boosting attendance this year. Bivens said it has helped also in the size of the band. She said all of the performances have had nice weather, which make people want to be outdoors listening to music, instead of indoors avoiding the rain or extreme heat.

“Hopefully we’ll continue to have that,” Bivens said about the nice weather.

This year, there have been about 60 band members participating in the municipal band. Bivens said each of the band members add to the various section of the band instruments.

“It’s been a nice full sound for us,” Bivens said. “Every section is pulled together well. It’s a good variety.”

Although Duncan won’t be having a fireworks display to celebrate Independence Day, Bivens said the Municipal Band performance will give Duncan residents a way to celebrate freedom and other merits extending from the Fourth of July.

This will be the third and final performance of the band this season. Bivens said the band members have had fun this summer.

“I’ve enjoyed it,” Bivens said. “We have quite a few families. It’s like one big family.”

The band members range from 12-years-old to being older than 80. Bivens said there are plenty of school programs that have helped many of the band members learn to play instruments, but the Municipal Band has helped many of the adults maintain what they learned in their youth by giving them an opportunity to play.

“You learn to play, but there’s not a whole lot of opportunities for people to play into adulthood,” Bivens said.

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