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Music series concludes its 17th season

Posted: July 30, 2013 - 12:31pm
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Chief Warrant Officer Jessie Morlan directs the South Carolina National Guard 246th Army Band as they perform at the Wesley Center of Grace United Methodist Church on Thursday. The concert ended the 17th season of the Music in the Park series,   SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Chief Warrant Officer Jessie Morlan directs the South Carolina National Guard 246th Army Band as they perform at the Wesley Center of Grace United Methodist Church on Thursday. The concert ended the 17th season of the Music in the Park series,

People bobbed their heads, swayed in their seats and patted their feet as the South Carolina National Guard 246th Army Band played patriotic songs and jazz tunes.

The concert, held Thursday at Grace United Methodist Church’s Wesley Center, was the finale to the 17th season of Music in the Park.

The weekly musical series began in May and featured a variety of performers, said Carol Terry, the chairwoman of the Music in the Park committee. The series is organized by the North Augusta Cultural Arts Council.

“We had really good performers,” Terry said. “We had some before and some were new.”

Thursday’s event also included an art show in the lobby of the Wesley Center with artwork from 16 area artists. Each artist submitted two to three pieces of work, said Lori Terry, also with the arts council.

The band’s commander Chief Warrant Officer Jessie Morlan entertained the crowd in between songs by sharing fun facts about the band members and recognizing veterans.

The band consists of about 35 members. The band meets at least once a month and two weeks during the summer, he said.

Morlan, who also is the band director for Thomson High School in Thomson, Ga., said that performing is something he enjoys.

“I love seeing the pride … especially the veterans. When we play these songs and we’re promoting patriotism, their chest stands up just a little bit more and even the older veterans, they stand up a couple inches taller,” he said. “I tell the band folks up here music to non-musicians isn’t about the black and white notes. It’s about memories.”

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