Civic Band to perform traditional tunes at ‘Church Concert’


Members of the Montgomery County Civic Band will perform soothing and traditional tunes Sunday as its 60th annual summer concert series continues.

Band director Gary Ketchum described the performance, slated for 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lane Place gazebo, as the group’s church concert.

The band will begin the hour-long concert with the National Anthem. They will then perform “It’s the Gospel,” a medley of old hymns including, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” “Put Your Hand in the Hand, “He’s the Got the Whole World in His Hands” and “How Great Thou Art.”

Max Blessing will briefly take over for Ketchum and conduct “Come Thou Every Fount.”

The band will then perform “Beautiful Savior,” followed by another medley, Old Tent Meeting, which includes the hymns, “Amazing Grace,” “Old Time Religion,” “We Shall Gather at the River,” “The Church in the Wildwood” and “Bringing in the Sheaves.”

“A Hymn for Band” and “Abide with Me” will follow.

Another medley, Camp Meeting, will include the hymns “I’ll Fly Away,” “Sweet Hour of Prayer” and “Down by the Riverside.”

The band will wind down its performance with the concert prelude, “Salve Regina” from Sister Act. The piece is a prayer to the Virgin Mary.

As always, the concert will end with the playing of “Stars and Stripes,” and children in attendance will be invited to direct the band. At the conclusion of the concert, Ketchum will present one free gift per family.

Concert-goers are asked to bring a blanket or lawn chair to the performance. Free-will donations will be accepted. Proceeds help the band purchase music for future seasons.

Future concerts are planned for July 7, which features patriotic tunes; July 21, which will be Ketchum’s mix; and the children’s concert on Aug. 4.