By Josh Whitener
Downtown Mint Hill will soon be ringing with tunes boasting American pride as the Queen City Brass Band presents its annual patriotic concert.
The free event takes place Wednesday, July 3, rain or shine, on the back lawn of town hall, 4430 Mint Hill Village Lane. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and will run about an hour and 15 minutes. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.
The Queen City Brass Band has performed an annual patriotic show in Mint Hill around the Fourth of July for at least six years, says Gregg Peele, the band’s president and business manager.
“It’s sort of a standard for the Mint Hill community,” Peele said. “It’s a nice venue for us. We do a lot of marches and patriotic kinds of things that we have in our bag of tricks … It’s a good gig for us, and we get a lot of good reception from the people in Mint Hill.”
The band, under the direction of Scottish musician Jamie Hood, is a “British-style brass band,” Peele said, and consists of about 25 members playing all-brass instruments – trumpets, trombones, euphoniums, tubas, cornets and more. The band also typically features two percussionists.
Band members begin rehearsing for the patriotic concert shortly after their annual May performance.
“It’s a pretty well-planned concert,” Peele said.
This year’s performance will feature traditional patriotic tunes, such as “The Star-Spangled Banner,” a salute to the armed forces and “Stars and Stripes Forever,” as well as themes from popular television shows and movies, Peele said.
“We like to mix it up with a lot of things (like) popular songs or movie scores,” he said. “A lot of times (the songs) are just patriotic in general.”
Peele said band members enjoy the Mint Hill concert each year and are looking forward to another great performance this year – and praying for good weather.
“We’ve never had any rain,” he said.
He added, “The best part of it is the tradition. It’s a good social event for the people that participate … It’s a lot of playing in a short amount of time, but it’s really good for us to get out there and have the people (of Mint Hill) enjoy the (music).”