MURRAY, Ky. — The Murray State University Town & Gown Community Band, Town & Gown Chorale and Governor’s Scholars Program Chorus will host a concert on Tuesday, July 4 at 8 p.m. inside Lovett Auditorium on the Murray State campus. As part of this year’s Freedom Fest in Murray, the free concert is open to the public and will last for approximately one hour.

The 100-member community band is under the direction of Murray State’s Dr. Todd E. Hill, professor and director of jazz studies at Murray State. The band is comprised of various community members, including Murray State students and regional high school students, and will include patriotic marches, a tribute to the U.S. Armed Forces, a moving tribute to John F. Kennedy and a “Fantasy on American Sailing Songs” by Clare Grundman.

“One of the greatest feelings in the world is being in beautiful and historic Lovett Auditorium with the band and chorale onstage while everyone in the audience is singing the National Anthem. It is always a wonderful moment of true community with all of our friends and neighbors. It never fails to send shivers down your spine,” said Hill.

The chorale, led by Dr. Brad Almquist, director of choral activities at Murray State, will perform selections such as “God Bless America,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “This Land is Your Land.” Joining the chorale will be the choir from the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program, conducted by Dr. Tana Field.

“The Freedom Fest Concert is quintessentially American. It is one of the great remnants of Americana that still holds the excitement and thrill of celebrating our independence as a country. In small towns all across America, amateur music-making will be on full display. I am thrilled to be a part of this great tradition with the Town and Gown Chorale,” said Almquist.

“The July 4 concert will be a fantastic opportunity for the community to enjoy a wonderful evening of free music prior to the city’s Freedom Fest fireworks display,” said Carol Brunn,

Murray State Town & Gown coordinator. “One of the most important components of this concert is that this is an event for, and led by, the community. We’re excited to welcome those who have attended before or those who may begin a new July 4 tradition by joining us that evening. We’re very thankful for our Town & Gown partners who allow us to provide these cultural events.”

For more information or to become involved with the Town & Gown program, please contact Carol Brunn at 270-809-3023 or cbrunn@murraystate.edu. Town & Gown partnership benefits include complimentary tickets and passes for various University events as well as networking opportunities with community and University leaders.

About Murray State University’s Town & Gown Partnership Program: The Murray State University Town & Gown Partnership enhances the quality of living and learning in our communities through fostering improved communication between the University and local citizens, facilitating the discussion of community concerns, organizing educational events which promote the history, culture, and commerce of our region, and investing in collaborative partnerships with philanthropic and community service organizations.