12:39 p.m., April 8, 2013

Gettysburg experience

Symphony to commemorate

Seven score and 10 years ago, one of the most well-known American presidents, Abraham Lincoln, gave the Gettysburg Address on the afternoon of Thursday, Nov. 19, 1863. The speech he gave, just two minutes long, is regarded as one of the best speeches in American history. In that time the president reiterated the principles of human equality as put forth in the Declaration of Independence, which has set in stone some of the core values of Americans today.

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Gary Hall, Laramie County Community College’s instructor of instrumental music, has chosen to do a concert he called “A Musical Monument for Gettysburg.”

“The reason I named it ‘A Musical Monument’ is because it is an important part of American history that I think everyone should know about,” Hall said. “So far, in Gettysburg alone, there are almost 200 events, and I wanted to bring some of that up here where a lot of people don’t get to have the experience.”

It may be hard to think about music and the Civil War together, but Hall offered some background on the subject: “Every night during the battle of Gettysburg the soldiers had bands that would play to each other, and each of the armies would be entertained by the bands,” Hall said.

“I really would like to see students and families bring their kids to this event,” Hall added. “That way they could experience the moving music being combined with the reading of the Gettysburg Address.”

Hall is trying to get a special guest speaker to read the Gettysburg Address during one of the musical pieces they will perform. A few of the band members have found Civil War uniforms and original instruments to played at the concert.

Hall spent countless hours looking up music for “A Musical Monument for Gettysburg,” ranging from marching tunes to spiritual songs of inspiration and hope.

The free concert will be held at the Civic Center on Tuesday, April 23, at 7 p.m. They just ask for donations to support the Comea House.