Friday, June 29, 2018

Greenville Municipal Concert Band Presents A Celebration of Independence

Left: Chelsea and John Whirledge. Right: Jim Buchy.
The summer concert series in the park, presented by the Greenville Municipal Concert Band, will begin Sunday, July 1st at the New Marling Band Shell in the beautiful Greenville City Park. The ribbon cutting ceremonies will begin at 6:30 and the concert will begin immediately after. Please note, the 6:30 start is a change from earlier announced times.

Our celebration concert will feature music of America. Helping us celebrate this special evening will be Jim Buchy. Jim is a native of Greenville and graduate of GHS as well as Wittenberg University. He was president of Buchy Food Service for 35 years. Jim has also served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for 24 years. In addition, Jim was Assistant Director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Policy Director of the NFIB and currently is the Senior Advisor of the Batchelder Company in Columbus. Jim is the Chairman of the Agriculture Education Foundation and has received 15 statewide awards during his public service career. Jim is happily married to Sharon for 53 years and they have son John married to Dara Buchy and daughter Kate married to Kevin Kerg. They enjoy their 8 grandchildern and one great grandchild. Jim will be narrating several speech excerpts as the band performs the Beautiful Arlington: Where Giants Lay Sleeping.

Also joining the Greenville Municipal Band for their opening concert in the new band shell this coming weekend is John and Chelsea Whirledge. John is the Worship Pastor at Trinity Wesleyan Church here in Greenville and Chelsea is the Vocal Music Director at Greenville High School. John and Chelsea have been performing with the park band for the past several years and are excited to return for a new season. John will sing America the Beautiful and the traditional God Bless the U.S.A. Chelsea will sing You Raise Me Up. John and Chelsea will team up with the Greenville Municipal Concert Band for a wonderful presentation of God Bless America and a great tribute to our armed forces with Armed Forces Salute.

We are very excited to perform this first concert for the newly rebuilt shell while celebrating the independence of our great country. Many people have worked very hard to make this dream a reality for this community. Park bench seating will be available and you are also welcome to bring your own lawn chairs or blankets to sit and enjoy the show. As always, the summer concerts in the park series are free and open to the public and a great way to spend time relaxing and enjoying our beautiful park with family and friends.

Food trucks will be on hand for the celebration with parking available in the Marling Band Shell lot and the GHS stadium lot. Again, please note the 6:30 start to the ceremonies. As always, bring a friend and enjoy the show.

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