Mercer Community Band
"Best Free Entertainment on a Friday Night"
Mercer, Pennsylvania

"Red, White and Blue"
July 1, 2011
Makin' Changes - Opening EntertainmentIce Cream Social by the Mercer High School Band Boosters.Getting ready for the concert.Director, Dr. Hoge, and Master of Ceremonies, Dave Portman, review the program before every concert. Flag Decommissioning Ceremony performed by Mercer Boy Scout Troup 35.Burning of "retired" flags."The Star Spangled Banner" sung by Jessica Taylor, soprano and MCB member.The audience joined Jessica in the singing of the National Anthem.The band opened the Patriotic Extravaganza with "Yankee Doodle Dandy".Over 100 musicians were on hand for this outstanding concert.Uncle Sam arrived to enjoy the patriotic music."The Lone Ar-ranger" a novelty tune, was enjoyed by the audience.A large audience was in attendance at this patriotic concert.The band took a well-deserved bow after completing "America March".Brittany Mohney, bassoon soloist.Ms. Mohney performed "The Angry Bear".Ms. Mohney is a Mercer High School graduate and now attends Penn State University.Ms. Mohney was given a great ovation by the hometown crowd.Assistant Director, Doug Butchy, conducted "Shenandoah".Mr. Butchy also led the band for "The Liberty Bell".The band members enjoyed playing on such a beautiful evening.Uncle Sam walked through the audience greeting those in attendance.Solists, Brittany Mohney and Daniel Byerly, chat before their performances.Daniel Byerly, tenor, vocal soloist, traveled from New York City, for his performance.Mr. Byerly presented "Our America", a medley of patrotic songs."Voices of America" was also performed by Mr. Byerly.Mr. Byerly sang the theme songs from the various armed services.  Members of those brances stood as their songs were sung.Master of Ceremonies, Dave Portman and his "assistant".Thanks to Assistant Director, Doug Butchy, for this shot from the upper portico of the Mercer County Courthouse.Rita Ferrere, a 27 year member of the band, played taps from the upper portico.Dr. Hoge, in his 34th year as director of the Mercer Community Band, conducted "God Bless America".Mr. Byerly led the singing of "God Bless America".Some of the percussion section at work.Uncle Sam helped conduct the traditional last selection, "The Stars and Stripes Forever".
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