The 2012 God and Country Concert celebrated its mission of Honoring God and Patriotism with extraordinary performances and presentations. With a varied musical program, the BBC under the direction of Brian Stevens and The Salvation Army’s Chapel Brass of The Chapel at Worthington Woods under the direction of Dr. Keith M. Wilkinson shared the stage at Dublin Jerome High School side-by-side.
Presentation of the National Colors of the United States of America were from members of Lima Company, 3rd Cattalion, 25th Marines – recently returned from Afghanistan. Their presence was particularly stirring in light of the recent loss of three local soldiers.
Guest Trombone Soloist Brett Baker, president of the British Trombone Society and prinicipal trombone of the Black Dyke Band dazzled the audience and both bands with his virtuosity and musicality in several performances accompanied by the Chapel Brass.
James Curnow as Guest Conductor provided incredible insights into the background of several of his compositions that were performed by both bands under his baton.
The presentation of the God and Country Concert Music Award was to Tom and Elaine Ostrander. Elaine Ostrander accepted the award on behalf of her late husband Tom who passed away in January with several of her family on stage.
Finally, the God and Country Concert includes the annual presentation of the Brigadier Arthur B. Hills Memorial Scholarships to talented youth with Kennedy Griggs, Noah Rife, and Ethan Stahlman, recipients.