Tri-State Community Choir

The newly-formed Tri-State Community Choir is composed of men and women singers from the area which gives them an outlet to pursue their desire to perform.

The Tri-State Community Choir will perform a patriotic concert on Tuesday, July 2, with help from the 151st Army Band.

The performance of “United We Stand, United We Sing” will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at First Baptist Church, 300 W. Main St., in Dothan. The performance is free and open to the public.

Formed earlier this year, this is the choir’s second performance.

“We hope the community finds the performance to be filled with moments that are invigorating, uplifting, energetic, rousing and exciting,” said Steve Mashburn, Tri-State Community Choir board president. “At the same time, it is our hope that individuals allow the music to speak to them in ways that are reflective, introspective, spiritual, and deeply moving, while considering the sacrifices made by those charged with preserving our freedoms as Americans.”

Donations will be accepted for both the nonprofit choir and Hits for Heroes, a local organization that supports programs for veterans and wounded warriors. Also, Staff Sgt. Bobby Dove, a Green Beret with Army Special Forces wounded by an Improvised Explosive Device in Afghanistan, will speak during the performance.

Laura Grace Holmes, the choir’s artistic director and principal conductor, along with Tim Smith, minister of music at First Baptist Church, will conduct the July 2 performance. In addition, Sgt. James Holmes will conduct the premier of his original choral setting of John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields.”

Born of a desire to connect and enrich the community through music, the non-auditioned choir is made up of individuals of all ages and from all walks of life. Currently, the 109-voice choir represents 15 towns from the area.

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