Community band to perform patriotic tunes

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The Pennyroyal Area Community Band will perform during the 2nd Annual Patriotic Pops Concert Tuesday at Casey Jones Distillery, 2815 Witty Lane, Hopkinsville. Vendors will begin serving food at 5 p.m. The free concert will begin at 7 p.m.

The Pennyroyal Area Community Band will have people's toes tapping and hands clapping during the second Patriotic Pops Concert on Tuesday at Casey Jones Distillery, 2815 Witty Lane, Hopkinsville.

The free, outdoor concert will begin at 7 p.m.

The Pennyroyal Area Community Band is comprised of community members of all backgrounds who love to bring music to audiences.

Scott Estes, the band's music director, said event-goers can expect to hear a variety of patriotic songs and popular songs during the concert. Estes said it is hard to pick a favorite piece that will be performed during the concert.

The band will open the concert with "The Star Spangled Banner" and "My Old Kentucky Home."

"We also are performing things like 'American Salute,' which is based off of 'When Johnny Comes Marching Home' … that's a really tough one," Estes said. "We also are performing 'Arlington,' which is a tribute to Arlington Cemetery in Washington D.C. That's more of a somber piece."

The concert is a balance of fast and slow music, he said.

"We also are doing 'Fantasy Adventure at the Movies.' That one is always fun for the audience, because there are scenes they recognize. Of course, there are all kinds of pieces in between. All the pieces are great."

Some of the pieces are old favorites the band has performed before, while others are new to the band's repertoire. Estes estimates the concert will last about 90 minutes, including a 30-minute intermission.

Estes said the band is prepared to perform for at least 300 people. He expects the crowd this year to be bigger than last year's. Parents are encouraged to bring their children to this family-friendly event.

Although the music doesn't start until later in the evening, the fun will begin at 5 p.m. Food vendors will include Christian County Band Boosters, and local food trucks Poptown Popsicles, Holiday Burgers and Vansauwa's Tacos and Vegan Eats.

Non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase from the distillery.

Although this is a free concert, donations will be accepted. This year, the band is partnering with Pennyroyal Hospice, meaning half of all the donations will be given to them.

Exit One Real Estate MetroNet is sponsoring the concert. For every donation made, Exit One will match one-to-one, Estes said.

New this year, guests were able to purchase sponsorship tables at the concert.

"We are hoping to expand that feature next year if it is popular this year," Estes said.

Guests who did not reserve a sponsorship table must bring their own lawn chairs and blankets to sit on.

Reach Mari-Alice Jasper at 270-887-3262 or

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