It is that time again – time for your favorite electrician to put down his tools and pick up his trumpet. And, as a member of the Gainesville Community Band, this is one of my favorite concerts of the year – the James B. King Veteran’s Day Concert
Playing in the Gainesville Community Band is one of my passions. I’ve been doing it for seven years. We perform a number of times throughout the year. This is absolutely one of my favorites because of our audience and the meaning behind this concert.
James King and his wife, Joy, were members of the Gainesville Community Band for 26 years. He passed away in 2006. As native of Charleston, S.C., he enlisted in the Army where he performed on troop ships crossing the Atlantic during WWII. In 1946, he joined the Marine Band, where he served as principal clarinet and assistant conductor until his retirement in 1968.
For me, it is an honor and a distinct privilege to be part of this concert, as it is our small way of honoring our veterans. This year’s concert is Sunday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 SW Second Ave. And for two additional reasons, this year’s concert is very special. First, since Veteran’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, we will be performing on the actual day. And this Veteran’s Day marks the 100th anniversary of the ending of World War I – the day the armistice was signed.
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