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Free concert by 2 military bands marks celebration in Perrysburg

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Marine Master Sgt. William Call leads the Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble and Marine Corps Band New Orleans during a joint concert held at Commodore Square Thursday evening in Perrysburg.

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To celebrate two historic milestones, including the War of 1812’s 200th anniversary, a free concert took place today in Perrysburg’s Commodore Square.

The Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble and Marine Corps Band New Orleans combined to play for the public at Indiana and Louisiana avenues. The concert started at 7 p.m. The Navy Band Great Lakes regularly plays for recruits, sailors and their families.

In addition to marking the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, the event marked the bicentennial of “The Star Spangled Banner."

PHOTO GALLERY: Navy and Marine bands play Perrysburg concert

“Pride in Service” has been the theme for Navy Band Great Lakes for more than 100 years. From 1911, when the first bugler reported for duty, to bandmaster John Philip Sousa in 1917, to today’s bandmaster, Navy Lt. Patrick Sweeten, the music of Navy Band Great Lakes represents the pride and professionalism that is synonymous with the United States Navy.

The Navy Band Great Lakes performs ceremonies to honor recruits, sailors, and their families. Also, as the Navy’s “Ambassadors to the Midwest,” Navy Band Great Lakes performs for thousands of spectators annually, providing musical support for communities of all sizes as well as supporting Navy recruiting in a nine-state area of responsibility stretching from Michigan to North Dakota.

The special concert today in Perrysburg was presented during Navy Week.

As part of Navy Week, five vessels - U.S. and Canadian frigates, a Navy patrol boat, a Coast Guard ice-breaking tug, and the rebuilt War of 1812 brig Niagara - sailed this week into Toledo to kick off a long weekend of tours and activities. It is part of a six-city U.S. tour, plus several stops in Canada, timed to commemorate the War of 1812’s bicentennial as well as to promote the modern Navy.

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