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Date: May 18, 2017

Media Contacts:

Lewis Garvin, Pensacola Civic Band

Tonya Vaden, Pensacola Parks and Recreation                                        
(850) 436-5672

A New Pensacola Tradition:
The 2nd Annual Pensacola Memorial Day Concert

The 2nd Annual Pensacola Memorial Day concert is a time to pay tribute to the military service of our men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and to honor their families. Join the City of Pensacola and the Pensacola Civic Band under the direction of Don Snowden for a new Pensacola tradition, with special guests Pearl Harbor survivor Retired Chief Warrant Officer Frank Emond, and singer Holly Shelton. The Pensacola Memorial Day concert will be on Monday May 29th – 5:00 pm at the Hunter Amphitheater at Community Maritime Park behind the Blue Wahoos Stadium.
The concert features uplifting musical performances by the Pensacola Civic Band of great pieces like Louie Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World,” Carmen Dragon’s arrangement of “America the Beautiful,” and James Christensen’s “Homefront: Musical Memories from WWII,” an outstanding showcase that looks back at all the outstanding popular songs that kept up America’s hope throughout the war.
The highlight of the concert will be 99 year old Pearl Harbor Survivor, Frank Emond as he conducts the band in Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever. Mr Emond will share his story and experience on that fateful day in our nation’s history while the Pensacola Civic Band plays Jay Bocook’s “At Dawn They Slept.”
In addition, MANNA will be onsite to collect any canned food donations. These donations go to help support the mission of MANNA. To learn more visit their website There will be food vendors at the Amphitheater. Concert goers should bring blankets or lawn chairs to enjoy this free concert.
For more information about the concert, contact the Pensacola Civic Band ( or visit


Pensacola Civic Band Memorial Day Concert
The Pensacola Civic Band performed the first Pensacola Memorial Day Concert in 2016 at the Vince Whibbs Sr. Community Maritime Park. 
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