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MSU Town & Gown Community Band Plays Patriotic 4th of July Concert

Matt Markgraf, WKMS

Murray's Town & Gown Community Band and Chorus perform their 4th annual Freedom Fest concert Saturday night at 8 in Murray State University's Lovett Auditorium. Maestro Todd Hill says the free concert features a wide variety of patriot tunes and deep music from a community of performers diverse in age. He joins Mark Welch and Tracy Ross on Sounds Good with an overview of the music and other Freedom Fest events in Murray, and says the performance will be done in time for the fireworks.

If it rains on the 4th of July that won't stop the Town & Gown Community Band from performing inside Lovett Auditorium in a free show as part of Murray's Freedom Fest. Patriot tunes include "Stars and Stripes Forever," "Americans We," a salute to the armed forces, "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "God Bless America," "Take My Hand, Precious Lord," "The Light Eternal," "America Exultant" and a salute to George M. Cohan by the new Town and Gown Chorale under the direction of Brad Almquist.

Mark Welch says, "It's all the best of what we love about congregational singing, people gathering together to make music, but also coming to a performance where an ensemble has worked and prepared and in a very hospitable way offering some of America's best loved music for all of us to share."

Todd Hill adds that it's community music making, just having an opportunity for people to make good music. He says it's very moving to turn around and hearing the audience sing along.

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Tracy started working for WKMS in 1994 while attending Murray State University. After receiving his Bachelors and Masters degrees from MSU he was hired as Operations/Web/Sports Director in 2000. Tracy hosted All Things Considered from 2004-2012 and has served as host/producer of several music shows including Cafe Jazz, and Jazz Horizons. In 2001, Tracy revived Beyond The Edge, a legacy alternative music program that had been on hiatus for several years. Tracy was named Program Director in 2011 and created the midday music and conversation program Sounds Good in 2012 which he hosts Monday-Thursday. Tracy lives in Murray with his wife, son and daughter.
Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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