The Plainville Wind Ensemble and the CCSU Veterans Affairs Department are honored to present their annual Veterans Concert “Summon the Heroes” on November 17, 2019 at 2 PM in Welte Hall auditorium at CCSU.  Joined with New Britain Hardware City Detachment, Baroque Eagle Sea Cadets, Hartford HealthCare at Home and under the artistic direction of Ken Bagley, the symphonic concert band will honor our Veterans and those currently serving in our military at home and abroad with an inspiring patriotic performance including the Connecticut premier of Symphony No 1 “Heroes” by Onsby C. Rose.

A special tribute for all Veterans who served during the Vietnam Era will be presented during the concert.  The US Department of Defense authorized this this commemorative lapel pin to recognize, thank, and honor US military veterans who served during the Vietnam War.  Living US veterans who served on active duty in the US Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible for a lapel pin.  Interested veterans may contact Sherri Vogt, Veteran Liaison at Hartford HealthCare at Home at for information on applying for the Commemorative lapel pin.

The collection of donated new toys for the Marines “Toys for Tots” program has been a long standing tradition at this concert.  Marines from the Naval and Marine Center of Plainville and the Hardware City Detachment Marine Corps League will be present to accept donations of new unwrapped toys at the door.  With assistance from programs such as this concert, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” Program in Connecticut is able to successfully meet their mission to collect new unwrapped toys to distribute during the holiday season to needy children in our community.  Toys are needed from infants to teens.  The concert is free, family friendly and has free accessible parking next to the concert hall.  For more information on the Plainville Wind Ensemble, visit us on Face Book, YouTube and at


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