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Gainesville Pops to salute armed forces in Dowling Park

The Gainesville Pops, a performing ensemble modeled after the Boston Pops, is coming to the Advent Christian Village in Dowling Park, Fl., on Saturday, June 4, at 3 p.m. The concert will be an armed forces salute — a tribute to American heroes. There will be no charge for admission, but a $5 donation is requested from all adults.

The Gainesville Pops present programs using traditional concert band instrumentation with a twist; they also feature piano, electric keyboard, string bass and occasional vocals. Musical selections at a Gainesville Pops concert may include light classical, Broadway show tunes, Hollywood movie themes, popular hits, marches and jazz arrangements. The selections chosen for June 4 — all in keeping with the military salute theme — will fill the audience’s imaginations with images of honor, heroism, chivalry and sacrifice. Some notable pieces are John Philip Sousa’s Semper Fidelis march; John Edmondson’s arrangement of the Navy hymn, “Eternal Father, Strong to Save”; and the theme from the movie Gettysburg, by Randy Edelman.

The Gainesville Pops have been entertaining north Florida audiences since its formation in 2008. The ensemble is comprised of professional musicians, music educators and serious hobbyists, all from Gainesville, Florida. Advent Christian Village is excited to host this very talented group of musicians.

Please plan to attend this salute to the men and women — past and present — of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard by the Gainesville Pops. The concert will be held in the Village Church sanctuary at 23739 Park Center Drive, Dowling Park, Fl. 32060. Call concert coordinator Dick Grillo at (386) 658-5557 for more information.

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