Naval band to perform at Dundalk Middle
Wednesday, 12 September 2012 11:16

Band set to play Saturday at 7 p.m.

by Ben Boehl

    To continue the celebration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, The Dundalk-Patapsco Historical Society is inviting the U.S. Naval Academy Concert Band to perform Saturday, Sept. 15, at Dundalk Middle School from 7 to 9 p.m.
    According to the historical society’s Harry Young, the band was selected to play as a way to continue the celebration of the War of 1812 Bicentennial.
    “My purpose is to expand the bicentennial beyond just Defenders Day and to bring the band into the Dundalk area,” Young said. “It’s free admission and free parking. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday night.”

Lt. Cmdr. Steve Trzcinski the band’s conductor, said the band gave a similar performance last weekend at Ft. McHenry; that same performance will be on display at Dundalk Middle School. The band will perform Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture as a finale.
    “I think it’s great. It is an honor we are requested to be part of this (event),” Trzcinski said about being involved with the bicentennial celebration. “I hope a lot of people come out. It will be a great performance.”
    Young thanked the Navy for helping with the bicentennial, including providing the memorable Blue Angels flyover back in June. According to Young, the Navy was a perfect fit for this event, as they played a central role in the War of 1812.    
    The Battle of North Point was a land battle, but Young explained the Navy was used to protect the waterways from the British. The Naval Academy Concert Band has existed since 1852 and is the oldest naval band in the country.
    “I thought it was an exciting change to get a group that we don’t get to hear too often in the Dundalk area,” Young said.
    Prior to the band’s performance at Dundalk Middle, the band was scheduled to work with band students at the school.
    “We do this type of school activity all year long,” Trzcinski explained.
    Young said the mentoring of Dundalk Middle students by professionals is what impressed him the most about the band.         “Having them work with the kids is better to me than the concert,” Young said.