Celebrating the Nation’s Independence in (Musical) Style

The Fourth of July is an opportunity for the nation to slow down and celebrate the founding of the United States. While fireworks, barbecues and family are some of the facets that make up a successful celebration, Noel Collins of the Foothill Brass Septet invites the community to enjoy some patriotic music before the fireworks show at CV High School.

Americana 2023 is a concert that features music by Sousa, Gilmore, Anderson, Greenwood, Springsteen, Berlin and more including two engaging “sing-along” numbers. There will also be a special vocal number by Collins’ granddaughter Lexie.

Held in the courtyard of La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, 2902 Montrose Ave., Collins said this is the second year the concert has been held.

“It was so well received we opted to do it again this year,” he said. “It’s an activity being presented for the enjoyment of the church congregation and community in general.”

Attendees to this free performance will enjoy music reflecting the diversity of the country before moving to the front of the church to see the fireworks display.

The concert begins at 8 p.m. and is a “family-friendly” event. Dogs are not allowed. It is suggested that attendees bring a chair (and a snack, too) and plan to enjoy this patriotic celebration.