The Savannah Winds, community wind symphony of Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Department of Art, Music and Theatre, will kick off Savannah’s Independence Day week with its popular annual patriotic concert on June 29 at 3 p.m. at Armstrong Fine Arts Auditorium.
Maj. Gen. John M. Murray, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division, will read a patriotic narration to the Winds’ performance of “America, the Beautiful.” The winds also will perform a tribute to Lt. Cmdr. (ret.) Robert Cutler, U.S. Coast Guard, who is Chatham County Veterans Council reigning Veteran of the Year.
This majestic concert event honors distinguished military service and crescendos to great fanfare culminating with a tongue-in-cheek appearance by one of America’s celebrity personas to guest conduct the Winds in performance of John Philip Sousa’s bombastic Stars and Stripes Forever.
Last year, the Liberty Bell – or a reasonable facsimile of such – conducted the grand finale. The identity of this year’s surprise iconic guest will be revealed at the concert, and there will be a raffle during intermission to guess who will take the podium for this final musical salute.