My husband and I attended the July Fourth celebration at Kenan Stadium and were seated by 7 p.m. in the grandstand just above the stage. We were looking forward to the evening’s performance but were ultimately disappointed that there wasn’t any patriotic music played other than a jazzed-up version of the national anthem just before the fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
The fireworks were spectacular, but there should have been some effort by the band to offer music that would be appropriate for the evening. There were many families and small children in attendance, so they lost an opportunity to feel a sense of patriotism that songs of that type invoke in people; incidentally, I didn’t notice a lot of excitement in the audience for the music.
Perhaps just the first musical segment of the two offered could have been “their” type of music, but the second segment should definitely have been patriotic songs, honoring our armed services plus celebrating the history of our country. Other venues throughout the Triangle area performed patriotic music; in fact, that very same afternoon, the Chapel Hill Village Band beautifully performed at the Horace Williams House music appropriate for the day, along with offering free ice cream and lemonade.
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While generous to offer this evening to all of us, we’re hoping that the Town of Chapel Hill will rethink the type of music offered next July 4, or at the very least offer a mix of contemporary AND patriotic music.
Jim and Helen Paliouras
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