Saturday, June 04, 2011

Stonewall Brigade Band 2011 Summer Series in Gyspy Hill Park

For over 100 years, the Stonewall Brigade Band has been playing at Staunton's Gypsy Hill Park Gazebo, providing free entertainment throughout the summer for locals and guests.

Begun in 1855 as the Mountain Saxhorn Band and popular throughout the region, the band joined up with General Stonewall Jackson in 1861 as part of his Shenandoah Army. The history of this group is fascinating.

The weekly concerts in the park tradition continues beginning this Monday, June 6, at 8:00 p.m. Concerts are held regardless of the weather except for severe electrical storms. A sweater may be advisable for cool evenings, and sometimes a can of bug spray helps. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, kick back under the towering oak trees, and enjoy Broadway show medleys, music from Virginia composers and arrangers, and more. It's an historic experience ... music under the stars.

Stonewall Brigade Band Concert
Monday June 6, 2011
D-Day Anniversary
8:00 P.M.
Season Opener
8:15 pm Dedication of the Concession Stand at the Bandstand
and donation of the building to the City of Staunton
 A project of the Rotary Club of Staunton-Augusta County, with donations from countless citizens and organizations in the area.
MARCH:The Billboard
conducted by Bob Moody
OVERTURE: Chant and Jubilo
conducted by Bob Moody
MARCH: The Motorist March
Louis Rich arr. Feldbush
conducted by Bob Moody
SACRED: Assurance
John Ness Beck
conducted by Ray Hoaster
ON BROADWAY: Jersey Boys
Billy Joel
conducted by Bob Moody
LATIN: A Bit of Beguine
Richard Fote
conducted by James Taylor
D-DAY TRIBUTE: Taps for the Fallen Brave
arr. Greg Moody
conducted by Bob Moody
FEATURE: Where No Man Has Gone Before
arr. Bocook
conducted by Bob Moody
VIRGINIA COMPOSER: Band of the Shenandoah
Randy Cabell
conducted by Bob Moody
POPULAR: Feelings
conducted by Bob Moody
POPULAR: Meet The Flintstones
conducted by Bob Moody
MARCH:The Thunderer
conducted by Bob Moody

Directions from I-81 exit 225. At the bottom of the ramp go west on VA 262. (Left if on I-81 N. Right if on I-81S) Follow 262 past 3 cross streets and take the Churchville Avenue exit. Get into the left lane at the botton of the exit onto Churchville Avenue (US 250) and turn left. Follow 250 East/Churchville Avenue into Staunton. After you pass the first traffic light, watch for the Tastee Freez on your right and turn right on the street at the end of their parking lot. Take the first left. This takes you into the park where you will have to turn right onto the park drive. Follow the park drive to the bandstand area. (At the "Y" in the road stay to the left.) Parking is allowed on both sides of the road for concerts. Lawn chairs are suggested.

Directions from I-81 exit 220. When you take exit 220 you are on VA 262. Take the 4th exit for Parkersburg Pike. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp. As you cross the city limits, this becomes West Beverley Street. Turn left onto Thornrose Avenue at the 3rd traffic light. As you pass Grace Christian School this street curves to the right. Just past the curve turn left into Gypsy Hill Park or park on the street and walk in. In the event that construction on West Beverley has this way blocked, turn left at the first light on Grubert Avenue, go up the hill and take the first right on 3rd street. Follow this to Circle Drive and turn left. This brings you out on Thornrose Avenue. Turn left on Thornrose and proceed to the park as above.

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