Don Sherman (00:01):
Hi, I'm Don Sherman, Director of the Northport Community Band on Long Island's North Shore. Every summer, since 1959, we have gathered local musicians to present free concerts in our village park by the edge of Northport Harbor. And of course, the pandemic meant that our 2020 season was a virtual one. It was rewarding to put together five concert videos to post on social media last summer, but real music is a live partnership between musicians and audiences who are sharing the same air. So, this summer, our entire membership has been vaccinated, which is something that simplifies so many hurdles for rehearsing and performing in public.
Don Sherman (00:40):
We are so looking forward to resuming a live concert schedule beginning July 1st, that we're naming ourselves the Northport Immunity Band. Last spring, when it became clear that a live 2020 season wasn't going to be likely, I got together with three of my closest friends to play a one-minute adaptation of F.W. Meacham's famous march, American Patrol. This version gradually morphs from the original patriotic style of 1885 to Glenn Miller's 1942 swing version, in the same way that we're all gradually relaxing into the normal life that the vaccine is making possible. Give it a shot. (silence)