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Navy ensemble is coming to Perrysburg

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Navy Lt. Patrick Sweeten, center, leads a joint concert between the Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble and Marine Corps Band New Orleans held at Commodore Square last August.

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The Navy Band Great Lakes Wind Ensemble, a busy group of military musicians, will pause on their midwestern rounds for a free concert at 1 p.m. Sept. 2, Labor Day, in downtown Perrysburg. The concert is part of the ongoing bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812 in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

This event in Commodore Park, at Louisiana and Indiana avenues, will offer a view down the main drag to a statue of the commodore himself, Oliver Hazard Perry. His come-from-behind naval battle on Lake Erie in 1813 finally sealed the United States as winner of a long military campaign.

The Navy ensemble, founded in 1911, at one time led by John Philip Sousa, and dubbed America’s Band by President Woodrow Wilson, performs about 500 concerts each year in nine midwestern states.

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