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The McKinney Community Band is presenting an online patriotic concert titled “Americans We” on the band’s YouTube channel at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 27.

During weekly discussions and musical challenges on weekly video calls, band members developed the idea of a virtual concert.

MCB Conductor Jeremy Kondrat worked with the organization’s board to program the concert, drawing from audio and video recordings from the past few years of the group’s live performances. New recordings will also be part of the event.

“We selected some patriotic favorites and we have some extra surprises along the way, too,” Kondrat said. “We all miss making music together and performing for our audiences so much, and we look forward to when we can all be together, live and in person, face-to-face again.”

Until that time, he explained, a virtual concert was a way to keep in touch with the band’s audience, fans, and friends while restrictions on distancing and gathering sizes are in place.

The program includes a tribute to band members who have served in the armed forces and a new arrangement of "America the Beautiful" recorded by musicians from their homes. Also, many of the pieces in the 45-minute program have been re-edited to give the online audience a different vantage point, as if they were sitting with the musicians on stage.

A link to the McKinney Community Band’s YouTube channel is accessible from both the event on the band’s Facebook page and from the group’s website, www.McKinneyBand.com. For anyone who is not able to watch at that time, the recording will be accessible for viewing via YouTube.

Donations to the band are always accepted via the group’s website. All donations coming in through the end of July will be split between the MCB and One Heart McKinney, a community effort bringing area organizations together to provide immediate response to those in need due to the COVID19 crisis.

For information, contact Chris Heider, band president, at (469) 964-1929 or Heider3@aol.com, or Beth Shumate, marketing chair, at (214) 208-3692 or shumatebeth@hotmail.com.

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