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Community Winds entertains in D.C.
Photo courtesy of Chuck Hockenheimer
The Grove City Community Winds performs for our nation’s capital to celebrate the group’s 10-year anniversary.
The Grove City Community Winds recently completed a performance tour to Washington, D.C.
The 50-member ensemble traveled to the nation’s capital this summer in honor of its 10-year anniversary and also to honor the brave men and women who serve the country.
The trip was highlighted by a performance at the National World War II Memorial.
By coincidence, there was an Honor Flight from Dayton, Ohio at the memorial at the same time. The band was able to witness a ceremony honoring these Dayton area veterans, shake hands with them and then perform a concert in their honor.
“Let us be forever mindful that while our great nation looks to the future, we should never forget the sacrifices and contributions of our heroes from the past,” said James Swearingen, conductor and leader of the Community Winds.
As part of the concert, the band performed one of Swearingen’s compositions, “Lest We Forget.” He wrote the piece in honor of his father, Bruce, who served in World War II.
The ensemble is a nonprofit organization. The trip was funded, in part, by a grant from the city of Grove City’s marketing program.
“We are grateful for the support of the Grove City community,” Swearingen said. “Without the generosity from the city, the trip would not have been possible.”
The band’s trip also included a joint concert with the Prince William Community Band, tours of historic landmarks and sightseeing.
“The trip allowed us to carry the message of music beyond city limits,” said Swearingen.
For more information about the band, email GroveCityWinds@gmail.com or visit www.gccwinds.org.
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