As many of you know, I am a member of the Gainesville Community Band, having played with the band for a number of years. We perform seven concerts during the year, and while it’s hard to say which my favorite is, one may stand out above all the others – Fanfare and Fireworks.
Maybe because it’s a great celebration of our country but with the added fireworks and other aspect of the event, it becomes bigger than a concert.
This year Fanfare and Fireworks takes place on Tuesday night, July 3 at the UF band shell at Flavet Field. It will run from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and I will be playing the trumpet with the band at 9 p.m. It will be an hour-long concert that people will enjoy while watching the beautiful fireworks.
Another reason this is among my favorite Gainesville Community Band events is it reminds me of my days as an undergraduate music major at UF in the early 1970s.
And I’m not alone in liking this event. Since its inception it has attracted an audience of about 20,000 people each year.
The event is presented by WUFT-TV and WUFT-FM and supported by the city of Gainesville, Florida Credit Union and GRU. Glenn Richards, WUFT-FM morning edition host, will be emceeing the event and other musical groups like Bears and Lions and Billy Buchanan and his Rock ‘n Soul Revue will also perform.
I invite you to come to celebrate our independence and to support your favorite electrician when he and his trumpet help deliver great music while you enjoy the fireworks show.