When the nationally-acclaimed Marlins performed live for a packed crowd at McKinney Community Concerts’ November show (on Saturday, Nov. 1), they proved to be “one of the best” in recent memory. Brothers Gary, Jace, Rick and Robert Marlin have been entertaining coast to coast for the last 25 years and haven’t lost their touch with music-loving, patriotic audiences who feel honored for loving America.

The Marlins’ original hit, I Believe in America, was included in the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. Every Armed Service branch was recognized in song with the vets standing, concluding with all proud Americans nearing Veterans Day. But that’s not all. The concert included memories from such diverse artists as Glenn Miller, Willie Nelson, The Beatles, Beach Boys, Neil Diamond, Sinatra, Elvis, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tiny Tim. Autographed CDs with many of those hits were selling like hot cakes in the lobby.

One teenage boy involved in the “pre-show” bought a $50 package of six Marlins’ CDs. He was among 26 “Drama Dawgs” who presented excerpts from “The Addams Family” as part of the Education Connection with McKinney North’s Theatre Department. Each concert features one of the McKinney ISD High School Fine Arts groups to entertain as a “warm-up” act for the audience.

In fact, one of the new members, Vicky McKenzie, an engineer at Raytheon, was introduced to the McKinney Concert Series after she brought her niece to the first pre-show in October featuring McKinney North’s String Orchestra, prior to Joe Gransden’s professional show. That prompted Vicky and her friend to buy two season memberships. Vicky is new to McKinney and appreciates the reasonable cost for nationally-known artists who come to town.

The audience of 800+ members and guests loved The Marlins as well as the acoustics at Christ Fellowship in McKinney. Many shouted “Bring them back!” during the standing ovation. Even the Marlins begged to be invited back soon, saying the Bose sound system there is “one of the best in the country.” Several members, like Barbara McClain from Heritage Ranch, insisted with her friends, “This concert was worth the price we all paid for the whole concert season,” which is saying a lot considering her group of nine neighborhood ladies attend all the shows. This is Barbara’s second season with the 40-year-old concert association, and she can’t wait for the rest of this season’s five world-class shows.

The next live concert will be Saturday, Dec. 6, an “A cappella Christmas show with The Alley Cats.” Noted for their perfect blend of musical talent and comic timing, The Alley Cats breathe new life into everyone’s favorite doo-wop classics during a fun, interactive holiday concert. Get more info at the mckinneycommunityconcerts.org website or call 214-548-4384.


About the McKinney Community Concerts Association

The McKinney Community Concerts Association Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that was formed in 1974. At a time when most community concerts have faltered around the country, McKinney Community Concerts continues to grow and thrive. The mission of McKinney Community Concerts is to offer to every man, woman and child in the area, the opportunity to experience the magic of live performance at an affordable cost. For more information, visit mckinneycommunityconcerts.org or on Facebook at MckinneyConcerts.