Archive for Wednesday, July 17, 2013

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.


toe 9 months ago

Having the federal government involved in a simple local bank concert is all the proof you need of an overreaching bloated federal government.


friendlyjhawk 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).


tomatogrower 9 months ago

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


Pheps 9 months ago

Bernanki is still printing 85 billion a month. Why is there gridlock over a few million?


CHEEZIT 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!


Liberty275 9 months ago

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


LJ Whirled 9 months ago

Makin' it sting ...



ljreader 9 months ago

Perhaps the government could save money some other way- like maybe cut down on some of those tax funded multimillion dollar vacations , Cut back on the lavish multimillion dollar conventions attended by government agency employees, Fraud, abuse- maybe put off the treadmill tests on shrimp for another time, etc etc .


Jstanobservation 9 months ago

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


FromIowa 9 months ago

That's too bad. The cannons were cool!


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