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Rain, Stay Away! Army Band Resets For Sanatoga Show

SANATOGA PA – Credit Jennifer Griffith with beating the odds.

20140609-Latest-78thArmyBandGriffith, who is the secretary for the Lower Pottsgrove Parks and Recreation Board, figured there was a 30-percent-or-less chance of re-scheduling a concert by the U.S. Army Reserve’s 78th Army Band. It was to have performed last Wednesday (July 23) at the band shell in Sanatoga Park, but got rained out.

Good news: Griffith has convinced the band to return. It’s scheduled to play Aug. 9 (2014; Saturday) at 1 p.m. in the park on South Sanatoga Road, the township website reported.

The musicians work a tight agenda every year. Because its members are reservists, they perform across Mid-Atlantic states during only two weeks each summer. In recent years their appearance has been one of the most popular shows in the township board’s annual concert series sponsored by Exelon Nuclear.

Residents who suspected last week’s weather might be dismal came out to the park anyway, hoping to hear the band. Although it had packed up gear to avoid the storm, some performers serenaded audience members waiting in their cars with a few acoustic numbers. Then thunder boomed, lightning struck, rain poured down in buckets, and the band bus had to shuffle off to New Jersey for another show.

Now there’s a second chance for a delayed listen to the 78th’s bright marches, show tunes, and hot-beat jazz selections. No tickets are necessary. Admission and parking are free. Guests can just show up with blankets or lawn chairs, and choose a comfortable spot in front of the band shell from which to enjoy the music.

Griffith also reminds residents and visitors that the concert show for children and families will be held this Sunday (Aug. 3) at 6 p.m., also at Sanatoga Park. Gilbertsville-based “Makin’ Music” will play a show for kids in the first 40 minutes, then take a short break and come back to do a program featuring popular adult tunes.

Photo from the 78th Army Band

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