Hymns for each military branch and other patriotic music will make up a 20-minute virtual concert heard from Lake Michigan to the shores of Tripoli. Algoma’s High School and Middle School bands, grades seven through 12, have already begun practicing the mix of marches and somber selections set to honor veterans and active-duty soldiers. Band Director Jennifer Massey says the gymnasium has become her stage as of late, providing excellent acoustics.
Massey says the concert will be available online through the district by Veterans Day. Even though they won’t be able to attend in person, those being honored still have a chance to be a part of the concert. Massey is hoping to be able to show pictures of area soldiers during the performance. She says military personnel and family members have several options to get the photos to her. The first is to email firstname.lastname@example.org. She says they’re welcome to stop by the school where office staff can scan them and make a digital copy. For those entertaining that option, a mask is required while on the district’s campus. Lastly, they can mail in a photo to Algoma High School care of Jennifer Massey, 1715 Division St., Algoma, WI 54201.
Massey says the school does not charge admission to the annual event, so a virtual performance will not result in lost revenue that would need to be made up through a fundraising effort. She expects to utilize a similar format for the annual holiday concert in December.
Photo courtesy of Algoma School District website.