To the editor:
It was a gorgeous summer evening, July 5, 2014 when a large crowd gathered in the area of the Embassy Theatre on S. Main St., Lewistown to hear the Lewistown Community Band present their "Let Freedom Ring" concert under the direction of Peter Marsh and also participating was the "Let Freedom Ring" chorus under the direction of Terri Limes.
Dancers from Miss Stephanie's School of Dance danced to Edwin Franko Goldman's "V.F.W. March," and they were superb. New this year was the "Andrews Sisters" consisting of Pauli Belfiore, Katy Becker and Cris Ferencz who performed to the band selection "Boogie, Woogie, Bugle Boy" and they were awesome.
Words of welcome were given, I assume, from a member of the Friends of the Embassy who sponsored the evening's concert and then Peter stepped to the podium, raised his baton and the band opened the concert with the playing of "The Star Spangled Banner' celebrating 200 years. Hands were placed over hearts, caps and hats were removed and what an opening for the evening of music.
Marjorie Davidson, spokesperson for the band then shared interesting information regarding selections the band would be playing. Some of the selections were: "The Homefront: Musical Memories from WWII," "March of the Belgian Parachutists," "The 1812 Overture," "Glenn Miller in Concert," "Those in Peril On the Sea" and the "Armed Forces Salute."
Commander Brad Williams of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 13 shared thoughts about the anniversary year 2014 and its place in history of WWII.
The honor guard for the evening was Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7011.
With Terry Limes directing and Patty Loudenslager at the keyboard, the "Let Freedom Ring Chorus" presented "United We Stand" followed by "Dona Nobis Pacem" which means "grant us peace" and was dedicated to Anita Varner Knox who died 2012 and loved and believed in the power of music.
The chorus ended their part of the program by joining the band in a beautiful arrangement of "God Bless America."
A highlight for the evening was when the band played the "Armed Forces Salute" and Marjorie calls out the branch of service and those who had served or who are still serving their country would stand and were given a tremendous round of applause. We are grateful for all our veterans who served and came home and then there are those who gave the supreme sacrifice - you are remembered.
This year is the 75th anniversary of the founding of the original V.F.W. band that is a predecessor of the present Lewistown Community Band.
Concluding the evening of music and one of America's favorites was the playing of the John Philip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever". Many people raised and waved their flags and could hardly stand still as this beautiful march was played.
God was certainly looking down on the Juniata Valley and Mifflin County this July 5 evening and we should be so proud of what went on here in Lewistown.
We sat under a beautiful blue sky and big white clouds on S. Main Street, Lewistown listening to the talents of so many people, and I for one extend my thanks to Peter Marsh, Terri Limes, Miss Stephanie's School of Dance dancers, the Andrews Sisters, the community band and chorus, Brad Williams and the honor guard and Friends of the Embassy. You are top-of-the-line individuals who take time from your agenda to prepare for this outstanding evening of music, dancing and memories and thanks to all those who came to hear this presentation.
We need to remember our service men and women who are serving this day to keep us safe back here in Mifflin County in places like Lewistown, Reedsville, Milroy, McVeytown, McClure, Burnham, Belleville and the list goes on and on. Thank you!
God bless America!