Southshore Band to give 9-11 tribute concert

Published 4:59 pm Thursday, September 1, 2011

Honoring the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, a memorial tribute will feature rousing music by the Southshore Concert Band. Dedicated to those who lost their lives in the 9-11 attacks, the performance is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at Lake Michigan College’s Mendel Center Mainstage in Benton Harbor.
There will be a 25-minute visual and musical presentation by the concert band and they have requested no applause during this time. Afterward, four speakers — Jim Kesterke, former Berrien Springs police chief; Hank Richmond, veteran, retired from the Pentagon; Gary Blied, veteran, airline pilot; and Johnny Barreiro, retired from New York Police Department — will each reflect on Ground Zero, The Pentagon and United Airlines Flight 93 from their own personal experience. If scheduling allows for attendance, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton will express the nation’s resolve to defeat terrorism.
Jim Cassidy will emcee as we honor the losses of 9-11. Under the direction of Dale Reuss, the two-hour program of patriotic favorites also includes a stirring musical memorial to the 9-11 attack: “Rushmore” by Alfred Reed; “The Light Eternal” by James Swearingen; “Amazing Grace” by Frank Ticheli and “As All the Heavens Were a Bell” by Jay Babcock. The program will conclude with patriotic music.
Advance tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for children 12 and under; children on laps are free. Advance tickets are available at Martin’s Super Market in both St. Joseph and Stevensville, as well as from Lest We Forget members. Day of show only, tickets will be available at the Mendel Box Office at a cost of $12.
Contact Don Alsbro at (269) 925-7176 or for more information or advance tickets.