showcase the Upper Chesapeake Community Band.
“Then September 11th happened and it turned out to be a very solemn performance,” he said, recalling that some 400 attended.
At Hart’s Chapel, the band will perform nine selections, including “Seventy-Six Trombones” and “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
Frank Vari, organizer for the CCEA event, said Chesapeake City’s remembrance began a year ago because people were forgetting.
“Unless you’re a veteran or first responder or work for (a likeminded) agency, I think people tend to forget,” he said this week. “People think we’re not vulnerable and we are. This should be important to them.”
“It means a lot to me to put this on each year,” he added.
In Chesapeake City, the service will begin with bagpipes and end with “Taps.” In between, there will be solemn readings and songs presented by members of the CCEA community. Vari’s grandson, Noah Taylor, will deliver one of those readings.
“Noah was only 2 when this happened. He’s heard about it and read about it and he felt he needed to speak about it,” Vari said of the 17-year-old.
Vari said the concert also kicks off Chesapeake City’s “Day To Serve” campaign. That’s the month-long community service initiative launched by Gov. Larry Hogan to run Sept. 10 through Oct. 10.
“We’ll be collecting food and new or gently used clothes and toys,” Vari said.
Drop-off points include town hall, churches, the fire company stations in town and on Route 213, and CCEA headquarters on Basil Avenue.
The Upper Chesapeake Community Band will perform on Saturday at Hart’s Amphitheater for its annual Remembering 9/11 concert.