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July 4, 2014

Municipal band rings in the 4th

DUNCAN — About 75 musicians heralded in Independence Day with the final Chisholm Trail Municipal Band concert.

The patriotic concert, held at 8 p.m. Thursday in Fuqua Park, paid homage to those who have served and who are active in the armed forces, as well as those on the police force and in fire protection. The concert also looked to celebrate the nation.

Songs played at the final concert of the season included several patriotic songs, such as “God Bless the USA” and “This Land Is Your Land” accompanied by medleys and songs they’ve played previously.

One of the medleys was designed specifically for those who serve or have served in the armed forces. During the concert, a mash-up song with the songs of the different military branches was performed. Jeramy Haas, band director, asked service men and women to stand and be honored when their branch’s song played.

In regards to the overall season, Haas said this year has had the largest amount of involvement since he started with the band almost 12 years ago.

“This season has been great,” he said. “This is by far our largest group that we’ve ever had. Throughout the season, we’ve done some figuring of all the members that have been here throughout the seasona and we’ve had over 90 that have been here at various times throughout the season. We’re averaging 75 at the concerts."

Haas said that although the season is short, it’s an opportunity to allow people to get involved while still being able to enjoy their summer.

The band and the director will be back at it again next year, at the same time and the same place.

“We start the Tuesday after Memorial Day,” he said. “That’s been our traditional start.”

Haas said that he is thankful not only for the musicians in his group, but also for those who took the time to see them perform this season.

“The crowds have been great. It’s just been a fun season,” he said. “Thank you to the members of the group that have given up their time to come out and play and definitely all of the people that come out and listen to us. We’re so appreciative of them and all of their kind words.”

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