Warner Robins Fourth of July Concert Postponed

6:58 AM, Jul 4, 2013   |    comments
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The stage had been all set up for Warner Robins' annual Fourth of July concert with the Air Force Reserve Band.

But Mother Nature seemed to have other plans. Rain led Mayor Chuck Shaheen and organizers to cancel the event and re-schedule it for Sunday.

The concert, which has been held in Warner Robins for the last 31 years, was set to be the last with the Air Force Reserve Band, who were cut by sequestration.

The concert had been scheduled for Wednesday, since many of the band's members ship off to their new locations Thursday morning.  Keyboard player and Senior Airman Michelle Hooper is being reassigned to Langley AFB in Virginia, while guitarist and Staff Sgt. Josh Byrd is going to San Antonio.

Mayor Chuck Shaheen says Sunday's make-up concert will feature whichever Air Force members are still in town, including vocalists.

The Sunday change will also affect sponsor Chick-Fil-A, whose rules prohibit them from catering on Sundays.

Shaheen says in all 31 years, the concert has never been canceled. He says it was important to reschedule to give a final salute to the Air Force Reserve Band who he says are important to the town.

"No matter what happens, rain or shine, war or weather, we're gonna have this concert," he said.

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