In celebration of the 100th anniversary of The American Legion, Mt. Pleasant Community High School’s music department is hosting An American Salute concert at the high school on Sunday, March 17, at 2 p.m.
The American Legion is a U.S. war veterans organization that serves veterans, educates youth about the importance of citizenship, and is involved in the legislation process from local districts to Capitol Hill. The concert will be a tribute to veterans who have served and is open to everyone in the community. Six musical numbers will be intertwined with a media presentation celebrating veterans.
Jim DePriest, instrumental music teacher at MPCHS and director of the American Salute concert, instructed students in making each piece powerful during a rehearsal for the concert last week.
Clayton Henriksen, a senior on the drums, played each note intentionally so it reverberated throughout the room. Henriksen said that the concert is a great way for the music department to honor veterans, and that DePriest explains the history and reason for the songs they will play Sunday.
Henriksen is particularly looking forward to the audience hearing one of the pieces that incorporates all of the drums “to get the effect of an explosion,” he said.
Callie DePriest, a senior, said that the concert will be “really powerful.”
Callie, whose father is Jim DePriest, said the concert is especially special for her father because her grandpa served in World War II.
“It’s going to be a great concert and very moving,” Callie said.
Paige Stater, a junior, said the concert will serve as an important reminder of the history of the U.S.
Cara Canby, a senior, said the concert will be really touching for everyone in the community.
“It’s going to put on a show that makes people think about what a great country we live in,” said junior Jake Moffett.