The Silver Cornet Band, a professional concert band with members from throughout the southeastern Connecticut area, has been invited to perform a concert at OP SAIL, the big four day festival in New London celebrating the region's maritime history.
The band will perform on the "Lawn Stage" at Fort Trumbull at 2:30 PM on Sunday, July 8th. The band, under the direction of Lewis J. Buckley, retired commander and musical director of the US Coast Guard Band, will perform a variety of crowd pleasing patriotic, nautical, march and Broadway show music, including a number of compositions by Buckley.
Featured soloist will be Musician First Class Bonnie Denton, a Gales Ferry resident, performing a Euphonium solo "American Portrait", composed by Buckley. Another highlight will be a performance of Buckley's "The Tall Ship Eagle," with the USCG barque Eagle in the background.
The public is encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for this free event on the lawn of the beautiful Ft. Trumbull State Park, which will overlook the ships anchored in the background.