An American Celebration for Memorial Day Weekend

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What better way to kick off the summer than with a concert that celebrates our freedom? The Hilton Head Choral Society presents an all-American tribute to the armed forces and the United States at its annual “America Sings!” concert, to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 28 at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

This special concert has become one of the signature events during Memorial Day weekend in the Lowcountry. It is widely attended by locals and visitors alike, who come together to celebrate the men and women who have fought for our freedom.

“The Choral Society hopes that you will bring the entire family for an inspiring hour of music and patriotism,” says Tim Reynolds, the group’s artistic director. “It’s an evening filled with Americana and patriotic songs and accompanied by a special guest brass quintet that will inspire all of us.”

Joining the Hilton Head Choral Society for the concert will be the Atlanta Symphony Brass Quintet. The quintet was started 46 years ago as the Ceremonial Troupe of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The group has performed for many dignitaries, including Prince Charles and the president of the United States. The group has also appeared frequently on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today” show and was the house band for four days of live radio on NPR to over 40 countries.  The quintet was formerly in residence at Kennesaw State University and at the Dozier Center in Cobb County, Georgia. In addition to many concerts, both international and domestic, the quintet performs numerous private functions throughout the year and offers Master classes for young brass players.

“The choral society is honored to welcome such a highly talented group of musicians,” Reynolds says. “It will be a real treat for concertgoers to hear the voices of our chorus accompanied by the beautiful sounds of their brilliant instruments.”

In addition to the patriotic music, the speaker for this special memorial concert is Bob Buck, a resident of Hilton Head and a fervent supporter of the Mighty 8th Air Force, which was founded in the Savannah area and had a dramatic impact on World War II. His message about the Air Force is meant to serve as an inspiration and as a reminder that Americans’ freedom often comes at a high price.

The event is sure to make attendees feel proud to be Americans and grateful for those who have served. The concert often sells out each year, so purchase tickets early. All seating is reserved. Tickets are available online at or by phone at 843-341-3818.