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Lafayette Band to Present Armed Forces Salute Free Concert

Music Director Beth Clarke to Lead 7th Annual Tribute to U.S. Military

The Lafayette Band of North Kingstown will perform its seventh annual Armed Forces Salute on Saturday, May 17, at 7:00 p.m. at North Kingstown High School.

Music Director Beth Clarke will conduct a stirring program of patriotic and popular music.

Presented on Armed Forces Day, the Armed Forces Salute is a community tribute to past and present members of all branches of the U.S. military. Recognition will be given to all veterans and family in the audience.

Admission is free and all ages are welcomed. Voluntary donations at the door will be appreciated, with proceeds equally supporting the band’s ongoing free performances and the Providence V.A. Hospital to benefit homeless and needy veterans. The concert is made possible by a grant from Centreville Bank through the North Kingstown Arts Council.

Scheduled to perform with the Lafayette Band are baritone vocalist Richard Johnson of North Kingstown and R.I. State Bugler Michael Jackson, USAF (Ret.).

The program will feature flag ceremonies, memorial observances and presentations by a combined-services color guard; Korean War Veterans, West Bay Chapter; Oliver Hazard Perry Rhode Island; Colonial Navy Massachusetts; U.S. Naval Sea Cadets; and Patriot Guard Riders.

The Lafayette Band is a nonprofit community concert band with a mission to strengthen North Kingstown and surrounding communities through music. Founded 130 years ago, it is one of the oldest bands in Rhode Island. Though based in North Kingstown, the band’s members reside in many communities in Southeast New England.

For more information about the band and directions to the concert, visit www.lafayette-band.com.

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