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Belle Valley Band a gift to community


November 08, 2017
We just came home from a wonderful afternoon which included dinner with friends and a concert by the Belle Valley Community Band. I sat down at my computer to share with you before the ambiance got away.

First, though, I did a quick check of my Facebook newsfeed. About the third post I read was: "Pray for Sutherland Springs."

"We've been out. What did we miss?" I asked the friend who had posted.

And just that fast the mood of the afternoon changed.

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I choose, however, not to let that evil act steal center stage. Whatever the motive—as yet undetermined—there is nothing honorable in that kind of notoriety. Even if, perchance, the shooter had a personal vendetta, vengeance did not belong to him. Period.

So, instead of allowing his actions to take over this moment, I'd like to tell you a little something about the concert.

It had been a long time—much too long—since we had gone to one of the band's concerts; and frankly, I was blown away by the quality of the performance. While it had a bittersweet feel to it because it followed so closely on Director Dennis Burns' succumbing to a rare form of leukemia, it was not a tribute to him. That, we were told, would happen in December. Conductor Emeritus David Coon and Conductor Christie Dodge shared the director's podium.

The first piece the band performed was The Governor's March (1948). We had had a pastor this morning from Canada, and he spoke of the trumpet tribute which calls his country to it's annual Remembrance Day (equivalent to our Veteran's Day) celebration. Probably that put me of a mind to hear this march as an appropriate way to begin this week. With the able narration by Don Davenport, the program carried us from that march right on through some spirited, some sweet and nostalgic, and some haunted presentations, running the gamut; and ending with Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro.

What a way to spend that extra hour we gained today!

Email Willene at willenetanis@aol.com.

Willene Tanis is a longtime resident of the Imlay City area and an active volunteer in the community. Many readers find her 'Perspectives' column to universal and uplifting.
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