The Heart of Texas Brass Quintet, part of the 36th Infantry Division Band based at Camp Mabry in Austin, will perform a patriotic concert in Brownwood next Sunday, Sept. 11.
The concert, one of a series of remembrances scheduled locally as part of the community’s Sept. 11 commemoration, will begin at 2:30 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Brownwood, Lyric Performing Arts Company board president Hank Hunter said. The performance will be free, and open to the public.
“The Heart of Texas Brass Quintet is made up of five brass musicians and one drummer,” spokesman Chris Koenig said. “The quintet regularly performs military ceremonies, civilian concerts and recitals, and educational outreach throughout Texas.”
Recently, the group performed at Kaboomtown in Addison as part of the band’s summer annual training tour.
“On Sept. 11, the group will be paying tribute to the 36th Infantry Division and its Camp Bowie roots,” Koenig said. “The group will play music both written by American composers, and reflective of our American ideals.”
Probable selections include “Americans We,” “The Liberty Bell,” “The Thunderer,” “Amazing Grace,” “Shenandoah” and selections from “West Side Story.”
The entire 36th Infantry Division Band is a three-time recipient of the Col. George S. Howard Citation of Musical Excellence, and is comprised of nearly 60 members from around the state of Texas.
“The Lone Star Band,” as it is often called, participated in events related to a symposium in Brownwood held in September 2015 commemorating the War Department’s authorization of Camp Bowie on Sept. 19, 1940, and the start of construction Sept. 27, 1940.
The quintet coming to Brownwood next weekend performed at the Brown County Museum of History a year ago as the museum opened its exhibit honoring those who served during World War II.
Other patriotic events scheduled over the Sept. 11 weekend include a remembrance honoring law enforcement, firefighters, EMS, military and other first responders at 9 a.m. Friday at Victory Life Academy, as well as a reenactment of part of a World War II battle by the 36th Division at 1:30 p.m. Saturday on Krueger Hill.
The Saturday event, also observing the 76th anniversary of Camp Bowie, will include a “Meet the Reenactors” program at the Brown County Museum of History at 10 a.m. Saturday. Admission to the museum reception is $5