BRISTOL â€“ The Bristol Brass and Wind Ensemble will present â€śA Salute to our Veteransâ€ť Sunday, Nov. 7 at Prospect United Methodist Church.
The free concert will be held at 3 p.m. at the church at 99 Summer St. The performance will feature 55 musicians playing a variety of patriotic music. Members of the audience are asked to wear masks.
â€śThe Ensemble is honored to be able to resume our annual performance for our veterans, past and present,â€ť said Richard Theriault, musical director. â€śWe will ask for a free will offering at the end of the performance to make a donation to the Bristol Veterans Council.â€ť
The program will include â€śArmed Forces the Pride of America,â€ť featuring the service songs from all branches of the armed services. Also included will be â€śEternal Father, Strong To Save,â€ť and the â€śBlack Graniteâ€ť march, honoring the Vietnam War Memorial.
Other performances will include â€śBoogie Woogie Bugle Boy,â€ť sung by the Buona Viva Ensemble and directed by Michael Ravita, â€śGod Bless Americaâ€ť sung by Jim Martin, â€śMoon Riverâ€ť sung by Maria Salice and â€śThe Stars and Stripes Forever.â€ť
â€śIt should be a real nice concert for the vets,â€ť said Theriault. â€śI love doing this concert. It means a lot to myself as a veteran as well as many members of the Ensemble.â€ť
Theriault said the Bristol Brass & Wind Ensemble has been eager to perform again. Their first performance after the pandemic was this past June at Rockwell Park and they will play this Saturday at Rockwell Park for the 100th Anniversary of Memorial Boulevard.
â€śWeâ€™re trying to resume our normal activities,â€ť said Theriault. â€śA good percentage of the Ensemble is back playing with us. Weâ€™re still missing a few because of covid and masking, but we have 55 or 65 members playing with us. Weâ€™re happy with that. We have strict rules to follow to be able to play together, but so far it is working out fine.â€ť
Later this year, the Bristol Brass & Wind Ensemble and Bristol Chorale will perform a Christmas Concert Dec. 12 at Bristol Central High School. The concert will be free this year.
â€śNormally the joint-concert with Bristol Chorale is a paid admission concert, but we just want to get people out to see the performance this year,â€ť said Theriault.
Theriault served as interim director of Bristol Chorale after Ken Ferris announced his retirement in Oct. 2019. Bristol Chorale has since appointed Dave Junko as director.
â€śHeâ€™s doing a great job,â€ť said Theriault. â€śIâ€™ve been at the last couple of rehearsals for Bristol Chorale and things are coming along great.â€ť
For more information on the Bristol Brass & Wind Ensemble, visit bbandwe.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.