Troy University Symphony Band salutes veterans of the Armed Forces

Posted: Tuesday, 06 November 2007

TROY – The Troy University Symphony Band will provide its ninth annual “Salute to Our Veterans and Armed Forces” in three concerts this month.

The symphony band, under the direction of conductor Ralph Ford, will open its concert series at 7 p.m. Thursday in Claudia Crosby Theater on the Troy Campus. On Nov. 9, a special performance will be conducted at 10 a.m. at Troy Elementary School, and at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Montgomery Campus’ Davis Theatre.

Ford calls the performances a way to give special recognition to the current and past members of the American military.

“It’s important to say ‘thank you’ to those who have served and it’s important that we lend our support to those who are defending freedom today,” he said. “It’s our small gift to those people who are in position to have to make the ultimate sacrifice.”

This year’s concert features “Godspeed!” by Stephen Melillo, “Suite of Old American Dances,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “Washington Grays,” “Bandancing,” “Elegy for a Young American,” “George Washington Bicentennial March,” “South Pacific,” “Midway March,” “Salute to the Armed Forces” arranged by Larry Clark, “The Impossible Dream,” “Hymn to the Marines,” “Stars and Stripes Forever,” and “America the Beautiful.”

The events are free and open to the public.