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U.S. Coast Guard Band celebrates Independence Day with virtual concert

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The sun officially sets at 8:25 p.m. Saturday, which is Independence Day. Shortly thereafter, the dark'ning sky will light up in a big way as all manners of professional and amateur explosives-enthusiasts will start blowing stuff up in an array of brightly colored pinwheels and sparklers and star-shells and fire-blossoming neutron bombs — all in celebration of the birth of our country.

Airing at 7 p.m. Saturday is the perfectly time "Gallantly Streaming" virtual July 4th concert presentation by the United States Coast Guard Band. You'll have just enough time to get musicall fired up before the fireworks begin. The concert features a compilation of live tracks from previous performances by the outfit including selected works by Bruce Broughton, Amy Beach, John Philip Sousa, Percy Grainger and Scott Joplin as well as "The Armed Forces Medley" and "America, Of Thee I Sing."

Featured will be various units of the band including their Brass Quintet, the Dixieland Jazz Band, the Woodwind Quintet, and soprano soloist MU1 Megan Weikleenget.

"Gallantly Streaming" continues the "Virtual Concert Hall via Livestream" series, which can be accessed through the band's Facebook page. For more information go to www.uscg.mil/band.

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