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Washington gridlock halts Lawrence City Band tradition

July 17, 2013


Washington gridlock has begun to encroach even on innocent summer fun in the park.

Tonight's Lawrence City Band final summer concert will, for the first time in a generation, not include a cannon shooting during the performance of the "1812 Overture," which is traditionally one of the event's closing numbers. The Kansas National Guard has provided and fired the cannons in previous years but stopped such ceremonial activities due to sequestration cuts imposed by Congress. The band's fireworks will go on as planned.

The City Band started the cannon tradition in the late 1980s. For about a decade before that, local volunteers shot 12-gauge shotguns filled with black-powder blanks into tilted barrels. That had replaced the tradition of simulating cannon fire with a bass drum.

Band members may have found a solution for the coming years, if the military cannons remain unavailable: A local Civil War reenactor has volunteered his club's services for the 2014 City Band finale.

Tonight's concert is scheduled for 8 p.m. at South Park, 12th and Massachusetts streets. The event is free and open to the public.


FromIowa 4 years, 9 months ago

That's too bad. The cannons were cool!

Jstanobservation 4 years, 9 months ago

To make this political is just beyond belief. If you want something for"only in Lawrence" here it is.

tomatogrower 4 years, 9 months ago

The sequester is why they couldn't bring the cannons. What is political about that? They have also had to call off many Blue Angel performances too. Good grief, don't want to pay taxes, but still want the National Guard to do everything. Are they suppose to do it for free? I'm sick of the Tea Party. They want a whole lot of something without paying for it.

tomatogrower 4 years, 9 months ago

Oh like Brownback's Chinese vacation with Kansas taxes?

weeslicket 4 years, 9 months ago

FYI, the shrimp treadmill experiment cost only about $1000 and was part of a project studying ecosystems valuable to the shrimping industry. (probably not the kansas shrimping industry, though)

Liberty275 4 years, 9 months ago

You'd think we would have saved some fireworks so we could properly enjoy our Russian music.

jhawkinsf 4 years, 9 months ago

Oh, most people think the 1812 overture is somehow connected to the War of 1812. Don't spoil their fun by telling them it's a Russian piece to commemorate a completely different conflict.

tomatogrower 4 years, 9 months ago

Try reading the article. There was fireworks.

Liberty275 4 years, 9 months ago

Why aren't people complaining about them?

jafs 4 years, 9 months ago

I couldn't hear them at our house, and didn't even know they were happening.

I don't remember if we heard the cannon shots, but if so, I'm quite glad they didn't shoot one off last night.

CHEEZIT 4 years, 9 months ago

Is that why there wasn't a flyover at the All Star game last night. Good! Always thought they were a waste of money and don't tell me those are training exercises! Oh and don't tell me I need a show of military power either. I already know that we are pretty well equipped!

tomatogrower 4 years, 9 months ago

I guess you should read the news more. Did you hear of the sequester? Cutting almost everything across the board? Isn't that what you Tea Party people wanted?

tomatogrower 4 years, 9 months ago

It was still a great concert; although it is more dramatic with the cannons. Thanks, City Band and all involved.

friendlyjhawk 4 years, 9 months ago

If you want a government that funds activities like this then use your voting privilege next time at the polling place to vote for candidates who can make this happen by working TOGETHER for America and not against the President (whoever he/she is).

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