Boston Town Band bleeds America
Thursday July 4, 2013 | By:Alicia Greco, The Sun staff reporter |
The Boston Town Band has been saluting the country for 21 years. Organized by Gary Burdik, Herbert Klein and the late Jim Jehle, the band was originally organized for the purpose of providing music on Memorial Day. Since, the band has grown and is now performing concerts throughout the surrounding areas.
“I feel that we are making a name for us and for the town of Boston with this band,” said Klein, current band president. “We have a lot of members that come from all over and we welcome anyone who’s interested in playing.”
In 1993, when the band came to fruition, 15 people showed up interested in playing. The group now has over 60 members, comprised by musicians ranging from all ages and experience.
In the spirit of this ever patriotic holiday, it’s clear that Boston Town Band is the most appropriate booking prospect. But what spurred this desire to perform patriotic tunes?
“People like patriotic. “God Bless America,” “America the Beautiful,”...we play “Armed Forces Salute,” said Klein. “People, hopefully, enjoy their patriotism and appreciate seeing it displayed.”
The Boston Town Band bleeds red, white and blue. They honor veterans by playing a song for each of the branches and ask each veteran to stand so they can be honored and recognized, presenting flags for each.
The Boston Town Band will be performing a concert at 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 at the Boston Town Park. Sport the colors, watch fireworks and sing-a-long (or perhaps remind yourself of) the lyrics our country has been humming since the beginning. If your July 4 plans heed you from getting to Boston to catch their performance, have no fear. They have concerts lined up for the rest of the summer.
Thursday, July 4 - Boston Town Park (concerts & fireworks) - 8 pm.
Thursday, July 18 - Gowanda American Legion - 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 25 - Orchard Park band shell - 7 p.m.
Tuesday, July 30 - Boston Town Park - 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 7 - Hamburg Village Park - 7 p.m.
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