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Community Band to Salute Civil War Anniversary
April 1, 2013

The Walters State Morristown Community Band will open with some traditional band music at its April 14 concert. Then, the over 70 musicians will turn their attention to the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War with special guests including General James Longstreet himself.  The band is conducted by Tom Shupe and Greg Woodruff. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in the “Z” Buda Assembly Hall and Gymnasium. Admission is free.

The Community Concert Band’s musical selections will honor the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. These range from the lively “The Great Locomotive Chase” to the “American Pageant,” arranged by Thomas Knox and including patriotic standards like “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.” Jay Dawson’s composition of “Gettysburg: the Third Day” is a highlight of the concert. The concert will end with the “Tennessee Salute,” a combination of songs about the volunteer state.

Popular storyteller and writer Jim Claborn will be on hand to introduce pieces of music. Claborn is an alumnus of Walters State and is currently touring with the “Talk is Cheap” touring. 

Longstreet played a major role in the Confederate Army’s battle plan at the Pennsylvania battlefield, which proved to be a turning point for the war. Longstreet’s troops spent the winter following Gettysburg in Russellville. The building that housed Longstreet’s headquarters has been preserved by the Lakeway Civil War Preservation Association.

Shupe requests that audience members arrive a few minutes early. The band is composed of Walters State students. A majority of its members, though, are band enthusiasts within the community. Several current and retired high school conductors are among the membership.