Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Independence Day 2011 Concert & Fireworks at Laurel Lakes
As we celebrated the nation's 235th birthday a crowd of well over 100,000 people was somewhere within listening distance of the band! The hillside in front of the stage filled rapidly as the concert progressed, until there were people literrally as far as the eye could see.
Down in front of the stage, the area with an obstructed view of the fireworks became the defacto dance floor as hundreds came down to move & sway to the tunes.
Then there were the kids. There were so many wide eyed, completely mesmerized expressions out there it became difficult at times to focus on any one. Cute doesn't begin to describe it. You've really got to see it.
There were lots of special folks in attendance. Mayor Craig Moe of Laurel...what can we say about this guy? He's a roll up your sleeves and get the job done kind of guy, comfortable with delegating authority yet on top of the details as they go forward. We greeted Lt. Governor Anthony Brown on stage...it was our second meeting with him.
Our trumpet player Steve Kimbell's mother Carol stopped by to catch the show & fireworks. She had a great time taking in the concert, talking with our backstage guests, & enjoying the spectacular fireworks display.
A big shout goes out to Mike and the crew with Buffalo Sound who provided the monster PA system we used. They were there at 8:00 in the morning getting the PA array set up, flown, and ready to go.
We have a tentative invitation to return again for next year, so as soon as the engagement is confirmed we'll let everyone know.
In the meantime, here are the photos from the day. Hope you enjoy them! You can tag and make comments on them by going to our FaceBook Page, or you can see them on the website in hi resolution at the Oracle Band Laurel Independence Day 2011 Concert Photo Gallery, right click, and save them if there are photos you would like to have for yourself to remember the day. Feel free.
Posted by OracleBand at 12:21 PM