The Ringgold Convention and Visitor's Bureau will host a Veteran’s Day Celebration featuring the Jericho Brass, Monday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m. as part of its annual Fall Festival of Flags.
"This has become such an uplifting and moving part of our fall events in Ringgold," said Randall Franks, CVB vice chairman. "We hope to fill the Depot as we share in a musical tribute that honors our veterans."
The free event, at the Ringgold Depot, corner of Depot Street and U.S. 41 in Ringgold will feature a patriotic performance by the Jericho Brass, a 32-piece traditional brass band. Frank Hale will direct assisted by Dan Bowles.
“The Jericho Brass is an all-volunteer ensemble, Jericho Brass is made up of professional and college trained musicians from the Tri-State area,” said Jean Dickinson, Jericho Brass publicity coordinator. “The group performs regularly at civic functions, churches, schools and other public venues.”
She said smaller outreach groups from the Jericho membership also perform at nursing homes, school assemblies, churches and libraries.
According to Ms. Dickinson, the instrumentation includes: cornets, flugelhorn, tenor horns, baritone horns, trombones, euphoniums, tubas and percussion.
“In addition to the traditional brass band literature, Jericho Brass performs marches, orchestral transcriptions, popular tunes, hymns, and sacred selections, as well as patriotic favorites,” she said.
The band has performed all across the south, including concerts in Memphis, Greenville, S.C., Charleston, W.V., and Atlanta and two concert tours to England, performing in Huddersfield, Bournemouth, London and Dublin, Ireland.
The group is always looking for talented musicians to join in the fun, officials said.
"Not all chairs in Jericho Brass are full,” she said. “We welcome competent brass and percussion players of reasonable experience to consider joining the band. The music is challenging and regular practice and attendance at weekly rehearsals is required. The musical awards are considerable and the fellowship among the members is warm and friendly.”
Jericho Brass is a member of Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga. For more information, visit www.jerichobrassband.org.
Ringgold’s Festival of Flags is displayed twice a year and honors the deceased veterans of Catoosa County.
Each flag represents one county resident who has died that served in the military, according to Mayor Joe Barger.
The local Veteran of Foreign Wars post started the flag tradition more than 30 years ago to honor veterans who have died. The project is now stewarded by Ringgold through the help of volunteers from around the county, he said.
The concert will be inside the Depot. Seating is available but bring a seat cushion. Concessions will be available for sale.
For more information call 706.935-3061 or visit www.cityofringgold.org.
Jericho Brass brings patriotic tunes to the Historic Ringgold Depot.