Dear Portland-area readers: Mark your calendars now! If you've followed my journey back to playing drums and percussion this far, you'll want to catch me doing it for real at this concert:
Portland Winds (formerly Pacific Crest Wind Symphony) Season Opener Concert: An Armed Forces Salute
Featured Music Includes:
Elegy for a Young American -- Lo Presti Armed Forces Salute -- arr. Lowden Suite Francaise -- Milhaud Variations on "America" -- Ives ...and much more.
Special musical guests: Portland State University Wind Ensemble
Sunday, November 9, 3 pm Lake Oswego High School Auditorium 2501 Country Club Rd., Lake Oswego
(NOTE: LOHS is served by TriMet -- line 44 to PCC Sylvania, and line 78 from PCC-Sylvania to Country Club & Sundeleaf in front of LOHS. Even on Sundays. For more info, go to http://www.trimet.org)
Tickets: $15 adults 10 seniors and students Free for children under age 10 Free for currently enrolled middle/high school band students **AND (this concert only)** Free for all Veterans, Active Duty service personnel and National Guard
If you're in one of the last two groups, call 503-285-7621 to get your special free tickets.
If you're in one of the first three groups, call ME. That's right, call me, because I have some tickets to sell.
Some additional info:
It's admittedly a little odd selling this kind of concert to some of my friends who have been actively opposing our military involvements in Iraq and Afghanistan. I'm not thrilled about our government sending troops there, either. But I totally support and honor the young men and women who have chosen to put on a uniform and go and serve; and this concert is for them.
So if you want to go, mark it on your calendar now, and contact me about tickets. Portland Winds is a non-profit arts organization so you can be sure that your ticket purchase is helping to support the arts in the Portland area.