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Charleston Community Band rehearsing for drive-in concert
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Charleston Community Band rehearsing for drive-in concert


CHARLESTON — The musicians in the Charleston Community Band are scheduled to hold their first rehearsal of the season Tuesday night in preparation for performing a drive-in concert Thursday evening at the Coles County Fairgrounds, weather permitting.

Director Ginger Stanfield said this patriotic music-themed concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, in advance of Independence Day, will kick off the 43rd season of the Charleston Community Band.

To prepare for this performance, the band is set to rehearse from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the fairgrounds. This will be the only rehearsal prior to its performance.

"We will be practicing our social distancing at both our rehearsal and performance," Stanfield said. "Band members will be seated 6 feet apart in the center of the grandstand. Audience members will drive into the infield by way of the south gate and sit in their cars or bring lawn chairs to sit next to cars, but are not allowed to sit in groups."

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Thursday's song list is tentatively set to feature "The Star-Spangled Banner," "The Liberty Bell March," "America the Beautiful," "The Thunderer March," "A Nation’s Prayer" (based on "God Of Our Fathers" & "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"), "Armed Forces Salute" (honoring veterans with their military branch song), "God Bless the U.S.A.," "Nearer, My God, To Thee," "Emblem of Unity March," "Let There Be Peace On Earth," and "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

Additional information about performing with the band or attending its concerts is available by contacting the Charleston Parks and Recreation Department at (217) 345-6897.

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Contact Stroud at (217)238-6861.


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Rob Stroud is a reporter for the JG-TC, covering the city of Mattoon, Lake Land College, Cumberland County and areas including Oakland, Casey and Martinsville.

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