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Choir, band, JROTC students to participate in annual event
Students perform during McKeesport Area High School’s 2013 Veterans’ Day program. (Photo courtesy McKeesport High School Tiger Band.)
McKeesport Area students will perform a one-hour concert, “A Tribute to Veterans,” at 9:30 a.m. Monday at the high school in honor of Veterans Day.
The event will begin with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Presentation of Colors by the McKeesport Area High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps.
The program will feature the district’s symphonic and jazz bands, directed by Mark DeCarlo; the concert and a capella choirs; and the string orchestra directed by Sarah Persin, as well as a multimedia presentation including “Tribute to Apollo 11,” “75th Anniversary of D-Day” and Toby Keith's “American Soldier,” and conclude with an audience sing along with the a capella and concert choirs.
“The students are very excited to present their hard work to the veterans,” said Beth Eger, choral director at Founders Hall Middle School. “This is one of our favorite programs, we get to show our appreciation to the men and women who fought for our country.”
Maj. Bryan Carlson of the McKeesport Area High School Junior Air Force ROTC program also will speak at the event.
McKeesport Area High School’s Veterans’ Day program has become an annual tradition.
“If you’ve never been to the high school's ceremony, from the choir to the orchestra, it’s unbelievable, everything those kids do to honor our veterans,” McKeesport Mayor Michael Cherepko said on Wednesday. “Everything those kids do is incredible.”
Following the ceremony at the high school, an 11 a.m. ceremony will take place at the city’s war memorial on Lysle Boulevard at Market Street. Additionally the LaRosa Boys & Girls Club, 901 Ravine St., will celebrate it’s 53rd annual veterans day event at 12 noon Monday.
The McKeesport Area High School program is scheduled to include the following selections:
• The Star Spangled Banner, arr. Robinson
• America's Light, Concert Choir
• This is My Country, arr. Mike Story
• Armed Forces Salute, arr. Lowden
• Heave Ho!, Lt. Jack Lawrence
• Oh America, arr. Emerson
• God Bless America, The A Cappella Choir
• American Patrol by F.W. Meacham, arr. Mike Lewis
• A Soldier's Hymn, Soon Hee Newbold
• Freedom Finale, arr. Michael Story
• America, Remember, Michael Francis Smith
• Taps, Austin McGrew, Nya Green
• Let There Be Peace On Earth, Miller/Jackson, arr. Althouse
Richard Finch Jr. is a freelance writer who covers news from McKeesport Area School District and North Versailles Twp. for Tube City Almanac. He may be reached at email@example.com.
Originally published November 08, 2019.