Ode to Joy

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The Summer Concert series of free concerts put on at Long’s Park is one of the cultural offerings that makes Lancaster, PA special. In addition to having a unique bioregional culture influenced by the Anabaptist sects, the rich fertile soil and the mighty Susquehanna River, the area also has many ways to celebrate the uniqueness of being human as expressed by artist both local and from far flung places. From First Friday art walks downtown, to Music Fridays on the third Friday of the month, to the glorious Fulton Opera House, the Ware Center, and Franklin and Marshall College people from our small city have abundant opportunities to enjoy the arts. Art enriches our lives in myriad ways and makes them much more interesting. Enjoying these types of events is a great way to truly connect to the bioregions in which we live. It is a fantastic way to cultivate a sense of place and when we do that, we learn to love and protect our life places.

Music is one of the most powerful expressions of human culture.  Listening to music can move us in deep and profound ways. Sometimes it gives us chills such is the powerful effect of the notes and lyrics. Sometimes it can elicit sheer unadulterated joy. Such was the case last night as I went to see March Fourth! Marching Band at Long’s Park thanks to my friend Jena who is a huge fan of the band.  Unlike anything I’ve ever experienced, March Fourth!  puts the super-cool into marching band and plays their music with volume, skill, and a tremendous amount of gusto. It was a joy to behold for the eyes and the ears.The vibrancy of the costumes, the acrobats and dancers, and the skillful musicianship all made the night one to remember.

Enjoy the pics and if you get a chance to see March Fourth! live then by all means go.

The crowd eagerly awaiting the band.

The crowd eagerly awaiting the band.

Unique costumes add to the joy.

Unique costumes add to the joy.

Bringing the jams.

Bringing the jams.

Sequins and saxaphones

Sequins and saxaphones

Shakin' thngs up.

Shakin’ thngs up.

Tutankhaman on the flute.

Tutankhaman on the flute.

I could do that if I wanted to...go to the hospital

I could do that if I wanted to…go to the hospital

JOY!

JOY!

Joy part deux!

Joy part deux!

The splits.

The splits.

Oh my neck...

Oh my neck…

Put your hands in the air.

Put your hands in the air.

Making trombone cool.

Making trombone cool.

 

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