Festivities on the 4th

Messenger photos by Dedra Cordle
While the sights and sounds of big and booming fireworks may have been the highlight of the night for the city of Grove City’s Independence Day Celebration on July 2, the sights and sounds of the big and booming Central Ohio Brass Band proved to be the highlight of the afternoon. For more than an hour, the members of the British-style brass band entertained and delighted dozens of spectators at the Town Center Park with instrumental renditions of classic Americana pieces mixed with more modern fare. Pictured here performing a spirited section on his soprano cornet for the iconic march “Stars and Stripes Forever” is Steve Foster, who joked he was fortunate he did not pass out during this part. “It was our closing song and my face was very tired. I’m just happy I made it through,” he said.
Trombonists Andrew Wolf, Jason Moore and Scott Zigler perform.
Mt. Sterling resident Cari Geyer at the glockenspiel.
Enjoying the car show and the nearby sounds of the Central Ohio Brass Band are Sadie, Ashley and Sawyer Beach (pictured from left to right).
In addition to a performance from the Central Ohio Brass Band, the day’s festivities also included a car show hosted by the Heart of Grove City. Here, local residents Karol Massey and her husband, Vincent check out this 1959 Morris Minor owned by Pete Fleming. Karol Massey said she was drawn to this automobile because its color reminded her of the truck her father used to drive. “It was nearly the same color,” she said. “We called it ‘construction orange’ because it reminded us of the traffic barrels we would see on the road.”
In addition to her duties on the cymbal and the glockenspiel, Sue Henry also shared duties on the challenging timpani.
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