Troy Civic Band to play annual Memorial Day Concert

TROY — The May 29 Memorial Day Concert will take place at 7 p.m. in the pavilion at Treasure Island Park, 409 N. Elm St. in Troy. The entrance to the park is just across from the Miami County Fairgrounds.

Kathy McIntosh will direct the Troy Civic Band in a concert entitled, “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.” The band has more than 60 members and receives funds from the City of Troy, the Troy Foundation, and private donations.

The Troy Civic Band concerts plays selections of familiar patriotic music, pops and Broadway tunes. The band includes a few favorite marches at each concert. At the Memorial Day evening concert, many members of the audience will wear military tee shirts and caps, or wear red, white and blue. The audience loves to hear the “Armed Forces Medley.”

Members of the audience who have served in the military or who have a family member who has served are invited to stand during a section of music for each branch of the service: Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, and Air Force.

Audience members may bring lawn chairs and sit on the terraced area on the banks overlooking the Miami River. The setting is very serene. The banks of the Miami River create the effects of an amphitheater. When the park was renovated a couple of years ago, terraces were reinforced with concrete retaining walls to form seating on the hillside. The band is seated in a sheltered pavilion.

The Troy Civic Band was revived by Bill and Kathy McIntosh in the year 2000. The original director from the band from the 1970s, John Slonaker still plays trumpet in the Troy Civic Band. John Slonaker is known as Mr. Slonaker to most Troy High School graduates, because he directed the Troy High School band.

McIntosh is a co-director of the Troy Civic Band, along with her husband, Bill McIntosh. She is also director of bands at Troy City Schools. McIntosh usually plays French Horn with the Troy Civic Band if she is not conducting. Bill and Kathy usually alternate their conducting responsibilities for the four summer concerts of the Troy Civic Band. She is a graduate of Troy High School. Some people might remember Kathy as Kathy Kingham. She attended Hook Elementary School and lives her family home in the Hook school district.

Last summer was the Troy Civic Band’s first summer at the new Treasure Island Park. In previous years, the civic band played at Prouty Plaza, downtown on the square. Treasure Island Park on Elm Street is just great. There is plenty of parking, and access to the pavilion is handicapped accessible. As word of the concerts grew, people began using the bicycle and walking path from Adams Street out to Treasure Island.

The Troy Civic Band will have four concerts this summer at Treasure Island Park. There will be an “all jazz” concert on Sunday evening, June 25, a “dance music” concert on Sunday evening, August 13, and a Labor Day evening concert on the actual Labor Day, Monday, September 4th. All concerts are at 7 p.m. Summer Music and Events Brochures listing most of the Hayner and downtown events are available at Troy-Hayner Cultural Center at 301 W. Main Street.