Approximately 125 people brought lawn chairs or blankets to Hardin Park Tuesday night to listen to the Mexico Community Band play patriotic and Americana songs.
The band has been in existence for 34 years, and Josh Yancey has been the director for eight years. Yancey told the audience they had something happen to them for the first time Tuesday night. When they set up the chairs, they did not have enough, due to the turnout of the band members. A band member had to go get more chairs. He also said they are always looking for musicians. The band practices on at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in the band room at Mexico High School.
On Tuesday, the band entertained the large audience with medleys of patriotic songs including a medley from the Civil War; the "American Patrol March" which was popular in World War I and World War II; "The Thunderer" and "Manhattan Beach March" by John Philip Sousa; "Americans We" by Henry Fillmore; "The King March, Coast Guard March, Touch Liberty March and Unity Liberty March.:
The band also paid tribute to all branches of the military and asked veterans, family of veterans or activity military to stand as the song from their branch of service was played.
The also played an Americana medley of movie themes by John Williams including themes from "Star Wars," "Jurassic Park" and "ET."
The next concert in the park will be July 11 when the Liberty Jazz Band will perform. There is no concert next Tuesday due to the July Fourth holiday.