Upon first meeting others in The Villages, one of the first commonly asked questions is,
“Where are you from?”
Though one might wear a shirt representing their hometown’s football team, drive a vehicle with a different state’s license plate, or debate the use of terms like “rubberband” or “gumband”, we’ve all become a part of The Villages community.
The 4th of July is a time to remember this unity and togetherness, and two groups performing for the holiday are doing just that.
Group leader of The Villages Hometown Band, Hugh Wicks, explains the excitement for their upcoming production of Patriotic Spectacular at the Savannah Center, July 3rd and what their upcoming concert is all about.
“Although our concert has always been an annual event, this year’s concert has been 3 years in the making. We started planning in the Fall of 2019, and are thrilled to finally be able to celebrate together again! The best part about this celebration is the joy and unity we all find in the music.”
This concert will be a combination of bands including The Villages Concert Band, The Villages Hometown Band and The Villages New Horizon band.
Hugh explained all band members were invited to participate in the celebration and this year, they will have just over 100 musicians taking part!
“We love playing together, and this concert in particular brings something special to the audience.”
Group leader of Evolution Dance, Frank Olive, is just as excited for their production of American Pride on June 29th and 30th.
“We have developed several new pieces that compliment some of our past patriotic favorites, giving us a product that we know our audience will thoroughly enjoy.”
Last year, you may have seen this group in their production of Celebrating America. Frank explained a little more in depth the focus of this year’s piece.
“This show will take our audience through a historical journey as a nation. We’ve used an array of great music and wonderful choreography to tell this story. All will enjoy moments of love, tears, joy and respect as we celebrate our men and women that protect our freedom.”
Both productions are sure to be a sparkling success celebrating America through the art of song and dancing. Make sure to get your tickets at the links below, and have a happy holiday!