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Music in the Air

Linda Reid and Wayne Taylor enjoy the U.S. 257th Army Band at HCC.

Do you hear the sound of music coming from the HCC Alumni Amphitheater? It sounds like the melodious notes of “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” or “God Bless the USA,” or maybe even a medley of Elvis tunes. You never know what you might hear when 11 of the U.S. military’s premier musical groups perform free concerts as part of the Alumni Association’s 2012 Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series.

Celebrating its 8th season, the Red, White and Blue concert series has brought more than 65 military bands to the HCC campus to provide free concerts through the years. When the HCC Alumni Association completed the amphitheater at HCC in 2000, the Alumni Association’s board of directors made it a priority to begin providing concerts at the site for the local citizens. In 2004, HJC alumnus Ronald Wayne Taylor, who also happens to be a retired colonel in United States Air Force Reserves, was named the Association’s vice president of amphitheater programming and the patriotic musical series was born. Taylor began working closely with the Alumni Office to plan this free summer series.   

Last year, alumnae Linda Reid joined Taylor as the concert series’ co-host. In July, Reid was also named a vice president of amphitheater programming for the HCC Alumni Association and once appointed, began to share the responsibilities of amphitheater programming with Taylor.

Both Reid and Taylor are well-known faces at the Alumni Amphitheater. They are the HCC volunteers, dressed in red, white and blue, who welcome guests to HCC and make announcements prior to the start of each concert.

Part of the delight of the concerts is the chance to get a treat at the amphitheater concession stand. This summer, more than 65 volunteers gave of their time to support the concerts by selling hot dogs, nachos, cold drinks, and other treats to concert goers. One of this summer’s youngest volunteers was Ellen Stewart, who is seven-years-old. After coming to a concert with her aunt, Stewart went to work in the concession stand with members of the HCC Volunteers Corps, who took her under their wings.  Stewart told her family that “working at the amphitheater was one of the best things I did this summer.”

The year’s summer concerts have included the U.S. Air Force Concert Band and Singing Sergeants; the Maryland Defense Force Band; the United States Air Force Airmen of Note; the United States Army Field Band and Soldiers’ Chorus, just to name a few. But the concert season is not over yet. Concerts are still scheduled for August and September. Remaining concerts include:

  • Thurs., Aug. 9 at 6:30 p.m. - The United States Navy Sea Chanters
  • Sat., Sept. 8 at  4:30 p.m. - The United States Navy Commodores

So, if you are on campus, or near HCC, and hear a familiar piece of music, head over to the HCC Alumni Amphitheater and see if the Alumni Association is hosting another free concert in the Red, White and Blue Summer Concert Series. Everyone is welcome.

For concert information, go to www.hagerstowncc.edu/alumni-friends.

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Linda Reid and Wayne Taylor enjoy the U.S. 257th Army Band performance at the HCC Alumni Amphitheater.