Missiles & Music

Sousa and skyrockets will fill the air at Saturday’s 16th Annual Independence Day concert

From Staff Reports

June 27, 2007 - The audience will get into the act more so than in the past this Saturday at the 16th Annual Independence Day Concert Saturday evening.

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The fireworks show is sponsored every year by Sulphur Springs Vision Center and DeHaven Eye Clinic.

"Thankful to be an American," one of the selections to be performed by the Northeast Texas Symphony Orchestra in the event on the downtown square, includes seven songs, ranging from "My Country 'Tis of Thee," to "You're a Grand Old Flag," that members of the audience will be encouraged to sing, with Gary Spraggins leading from the stage. Words will be provided in the printed programs.

The public will also be heard from on "Amazing Grace" and "God Bless America," with Spraggins, a charter member of the North East Texas Choral Society, again up front to offer encouragement.

The concert begins at 7:45 p.m. with the entry march of Hopkins County veterans, a practice begun several years ago that has become a tradition.

Douglas Bakenhus, conductor of the orchestra, said Dot Pelton will read celebrated excerpts from a letter by Abraham Lincoln, as well as John F. Kennedy's inaugural address, and Sulphur Springs High School student Jeff Spears will be the guest conductor for John Philip Sousa's "Semper Fidelis."

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Alliance Bank president Tom Sellers presents Sulphur Springs Symphony League board member Sarah Smith a check for the 16th Annual Independence Day Concert, which will be held on the square Saturday at 7:45 p.m.

The concert, sponsored by the Sulphur Springs Symphony League, receives major financial support each year from Alliance Bank, in addition to a grant from Professional Land Title Company. Sulphur Springs Vision Center and its associate, DeHaven Eye Clinic, underwrite the fireworks program that begins during the final bars of the concert.

The music program includes; "Hoedown" by Aaron Copeland; "American Salute" by Morton Gould; "National Emblem March" by E.E. Bagley; "Pops Hoedown" by Richard Hayman; "Armed Forces Salute" (medley); "Amazing Grace," arranged by James Beckel; "Semper Fidelis" by John Philip Sousa; "Liberty for All" by James Beckel; "Thankful to be an American" (medley); "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin; and "Stars and Stripes Forever," by John Philip Sousa.

For more information, contact Tom Stewart at 903-885-5768.

� Information submitted by Tom Stewart

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