For the heroes

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For the heroes

Many think that Veteran’s Day goes unnoticed by the kids in America, but Etowah’s annual band concert was a way for band students to show their gratitude towards America’s veterans just before the group launches into its next concert, which will be held on Dec. 13.

“I think the Veteran’s Day concert is a great way to say thank you to the members of the military and their families. It is also a great opportunity for my students to learn music from traditional American band literature to more contemporary,” Stephen Long, band teacher, said.

The concert has been a tradition for the past three years, and only the Mastery Band performs it. This year’s concert was held on Nov. 9 in Etowah’s auditorium. The concert’s songs represented America with many traditional songs.

“We will play the National Anthem, ‘His Honor March,’ ‘Khan, America The Beautiful,’ ‘Armed Forces Salute,’ where we will recognize our veterans and their families, and ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever,’” Long said.

The band practiced in and out of class starting mid-September for this concert. As they hope for the audience’s enjoyment, the students had a great experience.

“It’s so much fun to be able to perform for and honor our veterans. We’re doing great, challenging music,” Daytona Parks, senior, said.

People express their gratitude  in many ways, such as saying a simple “thank you,” giving a card for recognition, or posting about their thankfulness on social media. However, the Etowah band chose a unique way to express its appreciation: an unforgettable night of music.

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