16th annual Stars, Stripes and Sousa

Apr 27, 2022 | Schools | 0 comments

The Port Clinton High School Band’s 16th annual tribute to “The March King,” John Philip Sousa, will be on Saturday, May 14. Due to the popularity of the event, two concerts will be held at the Port Clinton High School Performing Arts Center at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Admission is free, however, a free will donation will be taken at the end of the concert.

Music includes something for someone of all ages and, of course, the concert will conclude in traditional Sousa style with the playing of “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Guest soloists include: Bruce Tychinski, Trombone Soloist, Trombone Professor at the University of Delaware; Felita LaRock, Vocal Soloist, U.S. Air Force Band (retired); and Michael Shirtz, Vocal Soloist, Freelance Jazz Vocalist and Heidelberg University. Guest soloists have been made possible thanks to the generosity of Hal and Diane Hawk and Crown Battery.

This year there will be a special musical tribute to Vietnam War Veterans. All veterans of the Vietnam are invited to attend the concert. The band will also honor all current and past members of the military with a special medley of the Armed Forces songs.

Rod Miller will be again featured for his portrayal of John Philip Sousa. Miller is currently in his 16th year as director of bands for the Port Clinton City Schools and he will be retiring at the end of this school year. This is the 34th year that Miller has presented such a concert.

Audiences have always been at capacity and the same is expected again this year. Doors will open one hour prior to each concert and seating is on a first come, first served basis.

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