Here are some pictures from those concerts.
This is across from where the band plays. People gather under the pavilion, too, since the sound carries across the pond.
One of the many bands that entertained us.
There were two professional singers that joined the orchestra and sang some of the songs.
The orchestra played mostly show tunes from Broadway plays and movies like Star Wars, When You Wish Upon a Star, Memory (from Cats), A Chorus Line, and Les Miserables. All of these were very enjoyable.
But the BEST part was when they did the patriotic songs. First an announcer came up to the mic and said, "We usually don't interrupt the program, but is there a (mentioned a man's name) here? We heard that it was his 94th birthday today!"
The whole crowd stood up and clapped.
I was in tears.
Then the announcer continued. "He served in the army. This one is for you and all the rest of the veterans out there."
The orchestra broke out into the "Armed Forces Salute" where each stanza recognizes a branch of the service. When they mentioned the Marine Corps, a handful of men in the audience stood up, and the crowd cheered them one. Same for the Air Force. When it came time for the Navy, my husband, Jim, stood up proudly and saluted during the whole stanza. I think I clapped the loudest!
Then the band played America the Beautiful and everyone stood and sang along. A lot of clapping ensued and then everyone took their seats.
And if THAT weren't enough, the band outdid themselves, breaking out into Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA".
(If you don't know that song, here's the video.)
When the singers sang the words, "And I'd gladly STAND UP NEXT TO YOU...." people started standing up all over the crowd.
It was beautiful.
Did I say that tears were streaming down my face?
What a moving performance!
And it didn't cost me a penny!