Memorial Day concert on tap at First Christian

Laughton Smith, a Jefferson City High School graduate who died in the 1968 USS Scorpion sinking, will be among those remembered during Monday’s performance at First Christian church.

Laughton Smith, a Jefferson City High School graduate who died in the 1968 USS Scorpion sinking, will be among those remembered during Monday’s performance at First Christian church.

The Monticello Mid-Missouri Men’s Chorus and the Jefferson City Community Symphonic Band will hold a joint Memorial Day Concert for the first time today at First Christian Church.

The Monticello singers will open the concert at 1 p.m. under the direction of Carl Beach and accompanied by his wife Carol. Their daughter Robin Beach-Steinhaus will be a guest soloist and she is a member of the women’s ensemble Liberté, directed by Marcia Ramatowski, which also will perform Monday.

The Navy Hymn will feature Dick Dalton as soloist and will remember Laughton Smith, a Jefferson City High School graduate, who died in the 1968 USS Scorpion sinking.

The Jubilant Sound handbell choir from First Christian will performer during intermission at 1:50 p.m. Directed by Terri Lloyd, they will play a patriotic medley based on the hymn “God of Our Fathers.”

At 2 p.m. the community band will open with George Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band.”

Other concert band tunes will include “America the Beautiful,” “The Klaxon,” “God Bless America” and “The Armed Forces Salute.”

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