The Franklin Silver Cornet Band is one of the oldest volunteer community bands in the country. Greene talked about a time a fire destroyed all the band's stuff..... but they survived. So COVID-19 wasn't as dire situation for the band as one would think, it was a hiccup that they had to get through.... safely.
"Thank you to our sponsors, thank you to the weather for holding out tonight and thank you for coming out," Greene said to the small crowd, "We've missed you!"
Greene emphasized how much these players just want to play.
And they played.
The Franklin Silver Cornet Band is the only non-military band to appear at both the Centennial and Bicentennial celebrations in Philadelphia. The band has made a number of other out-of-town appearances over the years, including performances at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York, Hershey Park, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, DC and the Henry Ford Museum.
The first known director of the band was William Bell, who had been a cornet player in his native England.
Currently Terri Wittreich is the esteemed director.
Truly good stuff!