PLAINVILLE - âYear after year, people come to our Veterans Day concert,â said Kathleen Marsan, executive director of the Plainville Wind Ensemble. âWeâve been performing our Veterans Day concert for 13 years.â
On Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m., the ensemble will present the âThe Greatest Generationâ at Central Connecticut State Universityâs Welte Hall, to honor veterans and those currently serving.
Joining the local musicians will be representatives of the Veterans Affairs Department of CCSU, Hardware City Marine Corps League Detachment 781, the Barque Eagle Sea Cadets of the Navy and Marine Reserve Center, and the Plainville Choral Society.
Not only is the Plainville Wind Ensemble honoring veterans, the concert will also benefit the local Marine Corps Reserve donation drive for the annual Toys for Tots program. All toy donations are distributed around area towns to children in need.
âEvery year, we average about 300 to 500 people who attend the concert. We wind up collecting about 400 to 600 toys,â said Marsan, âWe try to collect new and unused toys for infants to teens. We collect a lot of toys for younger children, but we could always use more toy donations for older kids, like middle school students. They like sports-related things, so basketballs and softballs would be great, as well as books and coloring pages.â
Attendees are welcome to donate a toy, no matter how large or small, at the door. The concert venue and parking garage are accessible and free.
Marsan, a flutist who has been a member of the ensemble for 31 years, said this is her favorite concert of the season.
âItâs a very fun concert. Families bring their kids, and they all enjoy it. Not only is it entertaining, but itâs also educational,â said Marsan.
Some of the songs featured in the concert are a song from the film âSaving Private Ryan,â âRedâs White and Blue Marchâ by Red Skelton, âBand of Brothersâ by Michael Kamen, âHymn to the Fallenâ by John Williams, and âThe Armed Forces Salute.â
The Plainville Choral Society provide vocal accompaniment on several tunes, and video will be incorporated into the presentation.
âThis concert is important because it spreads awareness of our veterans,â said Marsan, âOur veterans are our âgreatest generation,â so the ensemble wanted to perform music from their generation.
âI think country needs to stop and look around. We wouldnât be here if it wasnât for our veterans and the sacrifices that theyâve made. When this world gets quiet, we wonât forget them. The women and men who fought for this country made a choice; they stood up for our country and made it as safe as it can be.â
While Marsan believes that Veterans Day gets âlostâ among other fall holidays including Halloween, she said listening to veteransâ stories helps spread awareness and understanding.
For more information on the concert and the Plainville Wind Ensemble, search for the Plainville Wind Ensemble on Facebook or YouTube, or visit plainvillewindensemble.com.