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Gwinnett Community Band to perform at annual concert

Photo by Tori Boone

Photo by Tori Boone

SUWANEE -- For the eighth consecutive year, the Gwinnett Daily Post will host a patriotic concert to help kick off the county's Memorial Day celebrations.

This year's edition of the Memorial Day Weekend Concert starts at 7 p.m. Friday at Town Center Park in Suwanee. The free event will feature the Gwinnett Community Band performing patriotic marches and other popular favorites.

"The evening will be very patriotic," Daily Post publisher J.K. Murphy said. "It's a great way to kick off this weekend that is dedicated to our men and women who have died serving their country."

A nonprofit group of adult musicians from throughout the metro Atlanta area, the Gwinnett Community Band was established in 1984 and has performed at sites like the Gwinnett Civic Center, the World Congress Center and Stone Mountain Park, as well as at conferences in St. Louis and Gainesville, Fla.

The group has performed at the Memorial Day Weekend Concert in years past, Murphy said.

Weather permitting, the Silver Wings -- a command exhibition parachute team from the U.S. Army Infantry -- will drop in to Town Center Park at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Per annual tradition, canned good donations on behalf of area food co-ops will be accepted in lieu of admission.

Parking will be available at Town Center Park, located at the intersection of Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road, and across the railroad tracks on Main Street.

Attendees are suggested to bring picnic baskets, blankets and chairs.