Maybe it was the setting: under the trees on the Henderson Riverfront. Or the weather: perfect, not too hot, not too cold. Or maybe it was the hundreds of residents outfitted in patriotic garb, settled in lawn chairs bobbing their heads or tapping their toes to some familiar American tunes.
Whatever it was, the response from the audience and band members let band director
"For the very first time, I couldn't have scripted this better," he said.
The band, comprised of musicians ages 18 to 80, played for almost an hour Friday afternoon, leading off with pieces such as America's national anthem and our state song, "My Old Kentucky Home."
"(The musicians) are people who just want to share their passion (for music)" and talent, Metzger told the audience. "We wanted to put things on the program that appeal to everybody."
That's just what they did.
After the state and national patriotic lead-in, the band played big band pieces from the 1940s, including "In the Mood" which brought crowd enthusiasm in the form of smiles and comments such as "That's back in the day right there."
The musicians then moved on to a medley from the movie, "The Little Mermaid" and a Beatles classic "Let It Be" made popular in the '60s.
"I'd like to make this a
Metzger also took a moment to publicly thank the musicians and those who attended Friday's concert.
"For the last six weeks, every Thursday they've been faithful" to come to practice, he said. "I can't say enough about their efforts and how much they wanted this to succeed."
"Thank you for sharing my vision," he said to the band members.
Then turning to the audience, he said, "I'm so grateful for the audience that has supported us."
Following the concert and amid congratulations and thank-yous from concert attendees, Metzger said, "This is exactly what I'd hoped for. We had close to 400 people here ... I wanted a community band ... that old feeling ... music-in-the park."
"Community bands are having a resurgence ... I wanted one in
"For me it was
"I've missed the venue ... I've missed playing with other people," Wright said. "It was fun."
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