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Sousa concert is Sunday at Cairo High School

On Sunday at 2:30 p.m., residents of Cairo, Grady County and the surrounding area will have the opportunity to experience the thrill of an authentic John Philip Sousa concert at the Cairo High School Auditorium.
The Northwinds Symphonic Band, conducted by Ronald J. Evans, will recreate the sights and sounds of the Sousa Band in a special presentation of “Stars, Stripes and Sousa” which will be presented on June 12. Tickets are $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors and $3.00 for students (or free with parents).
The band will present the concert just as Sousa would have done 100 years ago, with special costumes, instrumental soloists, vocal soloists and authentic music of the period, including overtures, suites, marches, operatic arias and special patriotic selections which the Sousa Band was famous for.
The audience is invited to hearken back to a simpler time; a time in which the world moved at a slower pace; a time in which patriotism and love for one’s country was paramount in the minds of Americans.
The Northwinds Band of Gainesville, Ga., is a community band composed of band directors, music teachers, college students and professional musicians from the north Georgia area.
The band is touring the state with a concert in Carrollton on June 9th, Milledgeville on June 10th, Perry on June 11 and the tour will conclude with the matinee performance here at Cairo High School.
“I believe the concert will be appreciated more here than in a lot of places because of the tradition of the Cairo band and its founder Major William T. Verran. Our folks here will really appreciate going back in time for this concert,” Cairo High School Band Director Johnny Folsom said.
Tickets are on sale at Center Drugs and Cook Electronics-Radio Shack. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door on the day of the concert.
The “Stars, Stripes and Sousa” concert is being sponsored by Ameris Bank, Bank of the Ozarks, Capital City Bank, and United National Bank.
“This is very generous of the local banks to support the arts and this community. We appreciate their support very much,” Director Folsom said.

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