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Celebration of Independence concert June 30
by Monica Burge
June 26, 2012 03:22 PM | 1578 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Bartow Winds director Michael Elzey at the Cartersville Welcome Center depot where the Celebration of Independence concert will be held. staff/Erin Gray
Bartow Winds director Michael Elzey at the Cartersville Welcome Center depot where the Celebration of Independence concert will be held. staff/Erin Gray
In any given calendar year, Americans celebrate an ever-growing list of holidays, celebrations, remembrances and tributes.

But few surpass the Fourth of July as one of the nation’s most patriotic and time honored traditions in celebrating the red, white and blue.

This weekend, the Bartow Winds will perform its annual Celebration of Independence concert and founder and director Michael Elzey said the group looks forward to putting on a show that unifies the community with the common goal of celebrating this country’s birthday.

Elzey said the Fourth of July concert is a big draw for the Bartow Winds and the one-hour show is full of crowd-pleasing traditional favorites such as the “Star Spangled Banner.”

Elzey said this year the Bartow Winds also will try new ambitious pieces such as “High Water Mark,” which showcases the Battle of Gettysburg, and a piece dedicated to the anniversary of the Great Locomotive Chase.

Elzey said the new pieces are a testament to how the Bartow Winds have evolved since he formed the group in 2009.

“Our music style has really changed a bit,” Elzey said.

The Bartow Winds Concert Band (formerly the Bartow Wind Symphony) has gained a reputation of presenting quality concerts that are enjoyed by people of all ages its web site stated.

Bartow Winds is currently made up of nearly 50 members ranging from high school students to older adults.

Elzey said the Bartow Winds was founded on the principle of giving back to the community and they continue to do that today by donating all proceeds from each concert to numerous local charities in the north Georgia area. Past beneficiaries of Bartow Winds include Advocates for Children, the Etowah Education Foundation, and the local music programs of Bartow County.

Elzey said the tradition of helping the community continues with this year’s Celebration of Independence concert. Refreshments will be sold on site and donations will be accepted throughout the show. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Etowah Valley Humane Society.

“Not only are we an outlet for entertainment, we raise money for local charities too,” Elzey said. “I think that really captures our motto, “Building a better tomorrow one note at a time.”

The free concert will be held Saturday in Friendship Plaza in downtown Cartersville and begins at 6 p.m.

Elzey said he expects a large crowd to rival last year’s celebration.

“Last year we really packed this place and this year we’re looking to do the same,” Elzey said.

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