No speeches, just favorite band marches and patriotic songs are planned for the annual Veterans Day concert at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 in the University of Utah's Jon M. Huntsman Center.
The free concert will feature the Utah National Guard's 23rd Army Band and the combined choruses of Granite School District.Conducted by Chief Warrant Officer Norman R. Wendel, the band will open the concert with a Navy march, "The White Ensign," and will close the program with a medley of seven of John Philip Sousa's best-loved marches.
"For those who love marches the program should be a real crowd pleaser," said Wendel, who also is Taylorsville High choral director.
A 680-voice choir will sing various popular and patriotic favorites in the musical tribute to present and former members of the armed forces.
Other program numbers will include "American Pageant," "The Miracle of America," "Soldier Boy," "In This Very Room," "An American Heritage Tribute," "March Virtuoso," "Flight," "This Is My Country," "Down by the Riverside," "Armed Forces Medley," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "PDQ Bach," a comedy number, and Dixieland selections.
Other directors are Jim Miller, Skyline High; Christy Olsen, Olympus; Morris Lee, Cottonwood; Merrilee Webb, Kearns; Robert Welch, Granger; Kerry Moore, Cyprus; and Charlene Newell, Granite.