The Sequim City Band entertains a crowd at the James Center for the Performing Arts on July 4. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

The Sequim City Band entertains a crowd at the James Center for the Performing Arts on July 4. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim turns out for grand 4th of July concert

The Sequim City Band enjoyed another big, patriotic crowd for “A Patriotic Fourth,” its annual Independence Day concert at the James Center for the Performing Arts Thursday afternoon.

Highlighted by favorites (“The Star Spangled Banner,” “Armed Forces Salute,” “America, the Beautiful” and The Stars and Stripes Forever”) and other epic odes to America (“National Emblem,” “Hosts of Freedom,” among others), the band of 57 musicians played to a full lawn under the direction of Tyler Benedict, with Karla Messerschmidt-Morgan announcing.

Upcoming Sequim City Band outdoor concerts include Sunday, Aug. 18 (“Movies, Musicals and Marches”) and Sunday, Sept. 5, (“American Melodies”).

For more about the band, see www.sequimcityband.org.

Sequim City Band director Tyler Benedict leads the band at Thursdays “A Patriotic Fourth” concert. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim City Band director Tyler Benedict leads the band at Thursdays “A Patriotic Fourth” concert. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Joel Yelland and Karla Messerschmidt-Morgan help lead the “The Star Spangled Banner,” while the Sequim City Band plays to open the July 4 “A Patriotic Fourth” concert.

Joel Yelland and Karla Messerschmidt-Morgan help lead the “The Star Spangled Banner,” while the Sequim City Band plays to open the July 4 “A Patriotic Fourth” concert.

While her father Tyler leads the Sequim City Band at the July 4 “A Patriotic Fourth” concert, 2-year-old Amelia Benedict enjoys a bit of frivolity.

While her father Tyler leads the Sequim City Band at the July 4 “A Patriotic Fourth” concert, 2-year-old Amelia Benedict enjoys a bit of frivolity.

Concert-goers join in the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Sequim City Band’s July 4 concert. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Concert-goers join in the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner” at the Sequim City Band’s July 4 concert. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim City Band director Tyler Benedict leads the band at Thursdays “A Patriotic Fourth” concert. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

Sequim City Band director Tyler Benedict leads the band at Thursdays “A Patriotic Fourth” concert. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

The Sequim City Band entertains a crowd at the James Center for the Performing Arts on July 4. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

The Sequim City Band entertains a crowd at the James Center for the Performing Arts on July 4. Sequim Gazette photo by Michael Dashiell

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