Virtual event slated for 7 p.m. Saturday on YouTube

The McKinney Community Band will present an online patriotic concert titled “Americans We” on the band’s YouTube channel on Saturday, June 27, at 7 p.m.


“One of the band’s favorite events each year is our summer patriotic concert,” said Chris Heider, MCB president. “Of course, right now, we’re not able to rehearse or perform together, and have had to cancel two live performances, but we have been keeping in touch via weekly video calls.”


It was during weekly discussions and musical challenges on these calls that band members developed the idea of a virtual concert.


MCB Artistic Director and Conductor Jeremy Kondrat worked with the organization’s board to program the concert, drawing from audio and video recordings from the past few years of the group’s live performances. New recordings will also be part of the event.


“We selected some patriotic favorites and we have some extra surprises along the way, too,” Kondrat said. “We all miss making music together and performing for our audiences so much and we look forward to when we can all be together, live and in person, face-to-face again.”


Until that time, he explained, a virtual concert was a way to keep in touch with the band’s audience, fans, and friends while restrictions on distancing and gathering sizes are in place.


Included in the program is a tribute to band members who have served in the armed forces as well as a new arrangement from one of the band members of America the Beautiful that was recorded by some of MCB’s musicians from their homes. Also, many of the pieces in the 45-minute program have been re-edited to give the online audience a different vantage point, as if they were sitting with the musicians on stage.


A link to the McKinney Community Band’s YouTube channel is accessible from both the event on the band’s Facebook page and from the group’s website, The concert will begin online on Saturday, June 27, at 7 p.m. CST. For anyone who is not able to watch at that time, the recording will be accessible for viewing via YouTube.


Donations to the band are always accepted via the group’s website. All donations coming in through the end of July will be split between the MCB and One Heart McKinney, a community effort bringing area organizations together to provide immediate response to those in need due to the COVID19 crisis.