As many of you know, one of my passions is playing in the Gainesville Community Band. I’ve been playing trumpet in the band for six years. We play multiple times during the year, but one of my favorites has to be the James B. King Veteran’s Day Concert because of the group for whom we are playing.
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.
It is a privilege and an honor to perform in this concert as our small way of honoring our veterans. This year, the event will be held on Nov. 5 at 4 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church located at 300 SW Second Ave.
With Veteran’s Day being celebrated the following Saturday, Nov. 11, consider joining us as we honor James King and all veterans in this annual event.
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