A little music will be added to Grove City's Memorial Day celebrations when the Grove City Community Winds perform its fourth annual Pinnacle's Salute to America's Finest.

A little music will be added to Grove City's Memorial Day celebrations when the Grove City Community Winds perform its fourth annual Pinnacle's Salute to America's Finest.

The concert will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 25, at Pinnacle Golf Club, 1500 Pinnacle Club Drive in Grove City.

Conductor James Swearingen will lead an ensemble of 60-65 members in patriotic tunes to honor America's military.

Lawn seating is $5; table seating is $25, which includes a buffet dinner. Admission is free for children 12 and younger and members of the military with appropriate identification. Reservations are required for table seating. Call 614-539-0397 or email info@ pinnaclegc.com.

This event is typically one of the largest audiences the ensemble plays for, Swearingen said.

"The attendance has been great," he said.

"We've always felt like the patriotism should be a major focus" of what the ensemble brings to the community, Swearingen said.

The group's concerts routinely include patriotic songs. About 75 percent of the music performed at the Memorial Day concert will be patriotic.

"The whole package is a kind of a salute to the people who have served in the armed forces, both in the past and in the present," Swearingen said.

That evening a specially-selected child will have an opportunity to conduct the band. The Grove City Community Winds also will feature its principal saxophonist, Jim Staten, a Grove City resident who has been with the ensemble since its inception in 2002.

On June 23, the band will perform in front of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"We are certainly looking forward to this opportunity," Swearingen said.

The D.C. trip probably will consist of a 50-piece band, Swearingen said. On June 21, the band will perform a concert with a community band from the D.C. area.

"We're excited about that," he said.

Under Swearingen's direction, the Community Winds was founded in September 2002. About 65 musicians ranging in age from early 20s to late 70s participate. Rehearsals are held once a week from September to June and the band annually performs a series of six concerts.