The celebrated Hanover Wind Symphony will present a patriotic open-air concert called “America Strong!” on Sunday, October 11, at 2 p.m., at Malapardis Park, 191-225 Malapardis Road, in Cedar Knolls. The concert is free and open to the public.


The wearing of masks and social distancing will be observed during the concert. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for an inspiring afternoon of patriotic music.


Matthew Paterno of Parsippany, the HWS musical director, points out that “The Hanover Wind Symphony is grateful to the Whippany VFW Post for allowing us to use their facilities to rehearse this fall. We are proud to reciprocate their generosity and assistance, right in Whippany, with our ‘America Strong’ program! This program allows us to pay respect to all our veterans and keep that patriotic feeling ‘strong’ throughout the community.”


Among the selections being performed at the “America Strong!” concert in Whippany are the following:


* Solid Men to the Front! and Stars & Stripes for Forever, both by John Philip Sousa


* America the Beautiful, by Katharine Lee Bates and Samuel A. Ward; arranged by Carmen Dragon


* The Lightning Brigade, by James Barnes


* Echoes from the Battlefield, arranged by Darren W. Jenkins


* Selections from “Grease,” by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs


* The American Red Cross March, by Louis Panella, arranged by Andrew Glover


* Old Scottish Melody, by Charles Wiley


* Bennett’s Triumphal March, by Melvin H. Riddle, edited by Timothy Rhea


* Armed Forces Salute, arranged by Bob Lowden


* God Bless America, by Irvin Berlin, arranged by Keith Christopher


The 85-member Hanover Wind Symphony is a unique extension of the great American tradition of adult music performance. One of only a handful of outstanding, community-based, adult wind bands in New Jersey, the Hanover Wind Symphony delights audiences of all ages by giving a contemporary twist to traditional favorites. The large orchestra is made up exclusively of woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.


Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Hanover Wind Symphony has played to enthusiastic audiences for 3 1/2 decades. HWS members are volunteers who share a love for music and a passion for enriching the cultural fabric of the community with the thrill of live wind band performances. They are also committed to mentoring the next generation of wind musicians, offering summer music-camp scholarships to promising musicians.


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