DANVILLE — People will get a rare chance to hear the U.S. Great Lakes Navy Band on Monday as part of the Vermilion County War Museum’s 20th anniversary.
Susan Miceli-Green, development manager at the war museum, said she booked the band more than a year ago, and learned just two months ago that the band would be coming to Danville.
The performance by the 37-member band will be at 5 p.m. Monday at St. James United Methodist Church. The performance is free and open to the public.
However, tickets are required, which will be available at the museum during its open house from noon to 4 p.m. Monday and just before the concert, starting at 4 p.m. Tickets are limited.
The band will play military and crowd favorites, including “In the Mood,” “Mack the Knife,” “Armed Forces on Parade,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Sing, Sing, Sing.”
“It’s a good mix — something for everyone,” Miceli-Green said.
The concert will last a little more than an hour. Director is Lt. Patrick Hill and guest conductor will be Dr. Glenn Block.
“This is a rare opportunity to see the Great Lakes Navy Band,” she said. “We’re very blessed that they’re able to come on Veterans Day and celebrate our 20th anniversary.”
Also, as part of the anniversary, the museum will have an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Monday, with free admission. Donations will be accepted.
Miceli-Green urged people to come and see how the museum has changed over the years, and to examine its numerous exhibits.
The museum, a 1903 Carnegie building at 307 N. Vermilion St., had been used as the Danville Public Library until 1998. After restoration, it opened to the public as a war museum on Veterans Day in 1999.
The War Museum occupies almost 14,000 square feet, and displays memorabilia and artifacts from the Revolutionary War to Operation Iraqi Freedom.