It will soon be the Fourth of July, and that means the Gainesville Community Band gets to participate in one of my favorite events of the year – Fanfare & Fireworks. That also means your favorite electrician gets to become your favorite trumpet player for at least a few hours.
I enjoy Fanfare & Fireworks so much for two reasons – it’s more than a concert and it is a great celebration of our country.
As always, Fanfare & Fireworks takes place on July 3 (that’s Wednesday night this year) at the UF band shell at Flavet Field. It will run from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. I will be playing the trumpet with the band as part of an hour-long concert that will coincide with the beautiful fireworks scheduled to start around 9:40 p.m.
I suppose another reason this Gainesville Community Band event creates a special feeling for me is that it serves as a reminder of my days as an undergraduate music major at UF in the early 1970s.
And I’m one of many people who enjoys Fanfare & Fireworks, as it generally attracts as many as 20,000 people each year.
The event is presented by WUFT-TV, WUFT-FM and WUFT Classic supported by title sponsor VyStar Credit Union, the city of Gainesville, Gatorland Toyota and GRU. Glenn Richards, WUFT-FM morning edition host, will be emceeing the event and other musical groups that will perform include Bears and Lions, Wax Wings and Billy Buchanan and his Rock ’n Soul Revue.
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.