Lakeview Junior High School seventh- and eighth-grade music students will join the Central Ohio Brass Band on Sunday, Nov. 10, for a Veterans Day concert.
Forty-seven members of the Lakeview Honor Band have practiced since August in anticipation of putting on their first live concert for the public.
That work will culminate at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 when the band performs a free concert at Lakeview, 12445 Ault Road in Pickerington.
Both bands will perform, said Marc Parulekar, Pickerington Schools music coordinator.
The Central Ohio Brass Band, established in 1989, is made up of adult musicians from throughout central Ohio. Its mission is to promote the brass-band tradition through artistic and educational performances for musicians and communities.
"We have been blessed to share concerts with the Central Ohio Brass Band in the past," Parulekar said. "They are wonderful group of adult musicians.
"Both bands will be performing patriotic music to honor veterans and celebrate our country."
Parulekar said the concert will last about an hour.
"I'm excited," said Aubrey Jones, a Lakeview seventh-grader who plays a baritone horn. "All the concerts we've had were for the school.
"This is after school and it's for the veterans. I have multiple family members who've served in the military."
Braden Resseguie, a Lakeview seventh-grader who plays the French horn, promised an entertaining show.
"I think it's going to be fun for anyone who decides to come," Resseguie said. "We're playing music that's fast-paced and overall just sounds good."
The concert also will serve as an opportunity for attendees to learn about Honor Flight Columbus Inc., a nonprofit group that takes senior veterans from central Ohio and beyond on trips to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials. Honor Flight does not charge veterans for the trips.
Honor Flight Columbus representatives will give a brief presentation about the organization and how people can support it.
Additionally, Parulekar has been working with representatives from Pickerington American Legion Post 283.
Post 283 Cmdr. David England recently visited with band members to discuss veterans' service and appreciation of their sacrifices for the country.
Parulekar also has had students write nearly 700 letters of appreciation to area veterans and family members who've served in the military.
"We're doing that as a community service for veterans," Parulekar said. "We wanted to show our appreciation and teach kids what veterans do."
England provided a long list of reasons people should support and show appreciation to veterans, including that they've devoted their lives to serving the country, that they've risked their lives and endured long periods of separation from loved ones and have been injured and killed in the line of fire.
He said those who are not veterans can show gratitude by listening to vets' stories, asking them questions about their service and by providing special events, such as the Veterans Day Concert.
"I think Mr. Parulekar and his students have checked all the boxes by writing the letters and inviting veterans and their families to attend this concert," England said.
"Veterans Day is Nov. 11, so Nov. 10 is appropriate, and the Lakeview Honor Band and Central Ohio Brass Band are to be commended for doing it.
England recited a quote from an unknown author: "A veteran, whether active-duty, retired, National Guard or Reserve, is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America, for the amount of 'up to and including my life.' "
"I am privileged to be a veteran," England said.