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Corpus Christi Municipal Band finishing summer season with patriotic performance on July 4

Free Sunday night concert starts at 8 p.m. at Del Mar College East Campus amphitheater

Article by Melinda Eddleman

For the Corpus Christi Municipal Band, their 2021 summer season will come to a close Sunday night. If you’re looking for some patriotic tunes before the fireworks start down on the Bayfront, join band members for a Fourth of July musical lineup to put you in that “red, white and blue” spirit.

John Phillip Sousa

In honor of the nation’s 245th birthday, the band will play traditional tunes celebrating our independence, including composer John Phillip Sousa’s beloved “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” The piece became the national march of the United States of America in 1987 by an act of Congress 100 years after it was performed just outside of Philadelphia at Willow Grove Park. (Source: Wikipedia.)

Sousa’s work is now an iconic piece performed during Fourth of July celebrations across the country.

The free concert begins at 8 p.m. at the Del Mar College (DMC) amphitheater, located between the Fine Arts Music Building and the General Academic and Music Building II (GAMBII), on the East Campus at Kosar and Ayers. Directions and a campus map are available by clicking here.

Participants will need to bring lawn chairs or blankets. While masks are not required, the College encourages wearing them as well as following DMC safety protocols that include social distancing. For more information, contact DMC Music retiree David Irving, who taught stage band and guitar for 43 years at the College and now serves as the current business manager for the Municipal Band, at dirving@delmar.edu or the DMC Music Office at 698-1211.

For current and future performance information, visit the Corpus Christi Municipal Band’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ccmunicipalband.

In addition to providing the venue for performances, DMC supports the Municipal Band by offering rehearsal space, equipment and logistical support. The Municipal Band moved performances to the College’s East Campus in 2014. In previous seasons, the band performed at Cole Park and Heritage Park.

About Del Mar College

Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.