06/10/10 The Marshall County Church Orchestra performed its first concert of the 2010 spring and summer season Thursday evening, May 27 at Fairfield Garden Court in Plymouth.  With Memorial Day just around the corner, the orchestra performed a patriotic concert to pay tribute to our country and our military personnel, both past and present.


Under the direction of Don Harness the M.C. Church Orchestra opened the concert with the Star Spangled Banner.  With narrative provided by orchestra member Cindy Flagg the concert continued with patriotic favorites such as “Yankee Doodle Dandy”, “This Is My Country”, and “America the Beautiful”.  They also played several early hymns of the church including “Amazing Grace”, “God Of Our Fathers”, and “A Mighty Fortress”.  The highlight of the concert was their rousing rendition of “Stars and Strips Forever”.  A crowd favorite was “The Medley of Armed Forces” in which veterans were asked to stand and be recognized for their service to our country.  The concert closed with the orchestra playing and the crowd singing “God Bless America”.  Residents of Fairfield Garden Court served refreshments to the guests and orchestra members in attendance.


The Marshall County Church Orchestra will begin its Concert in the Park series at Young Amphitheatre in Centennial on Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. They will also perform on July 11, August 8 and September 12.  These concerts are free and open to the public. 


Other scheduled concerts include:  Sunday, June 27 at 2:00 p.m. at Jacoby Church on King Road and Thursday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Miller’s Senior Living Community.  This will be a presentation of the Patriotic concert. August 22 at 2:00 p.m. the orchestra will present an outdoor variety concert at Miller’s Senior Living Community; bring your lawn chairs.  Mark your calendars and plan ahead for the orchestra’s Concert and Dessert at Christo’s Banquet Center.  The orchestra will be presenting “The Nutcracker” complete with local ballet dancers on Thursday and Friday, November 18 and 19 at 7:00 p.m.  The Marshall County Church Orchestra will close their season with a Christmas Concert at Miller’s Senior Living Community on Thursday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m.


In case of rain the Marshall County Church Orchestra will perform at 6:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church in Plymouth.  The Church is located on Michigan Street across from the First Source Bank.  Rain or Shine the concert will go on.


Photo:  Director Don Harness conducts the Marshall County Church Orchestra as they perform a Patriotic Concert for the residents and friends of Fairfield Garden Court in Plymouth.