22nd Annual Ground Hog Band Sunday

Published on Dec 18th, 2013 by alison | 0
Sunday, February 2nd – Our 22nd Annual Groundhog Day Band concert

For 22 years Bennet Burnham, a local resident, member of FCC and retired music teacher, has led a group of musicians on the Sunday nearest Groundhog day to “hold back winter” and celebrate our musical talents. Young children all the way up to 90 year olds play in the band.


Some news from Bennett…

    The groundhog is safely asleep in his underground chamber. It is up to us to awaken him on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

    The Groundhog Band has started rehearsals.  We will rehearse every Sunday at 11:15 in the Dimond Room until the performance.  The full schedule is enclosed. 

    If you do not have your instrument or music, please see me.

    If you need to borrow an instrument, accommodations can be made with help from Mt Hope High and KMS music departments. 

    All instrumentalists are invited, no matter your experience.  If you know someone who plays or played an instrument, give them a shove toward the rehearsal. 

     When we meet on February 2nd, we will rehearse in the church, play for the gathering music, play the hymns during the service, then head for the Veterans Home for an 11:45 performance.  Vocalists are encouraged to attend and sing with the band for the veterans.

     Remember:  “Every note you give us is one more note that we have, that we would not have without you.”


 Bennett Burnham, HBur700343@aol.com, (401) 253-8530

First Congregational Church

22th Annual Groundhog Day 2014

February 2, 2014

Rehearsal and Performance Schedule

Rehearsals:  Sundays 11:15 – 12:00 noon, in the Dimond Room

January 5        First Rehearsal

January 12     Rehearse each hymn twice

January 19     Rehearse each hymn thrice

January 26     Rehearse  each hymn fourthly


Saturday, February 1, 2014        9:00 AM in the Sanctuary

Rehearse each hymn four times


Sunday, February 2, 2014           8:00 AM in the Sanctuary

Rehearse each hymn twice


Performances:  Sunday, February 2, 2014

9:30  – 10:00 – in church – Gathering Music

10:00 – 11:00 – Hymns

11:45 – 12:15 – at Veterans Home on Metacom Ave with vocalists


Hymns in the Red Hymnal

#8                 Joyful, Joyful

#251                 Holy, Holy, Holy

#267                 Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken

#248                 My Faith Looks Up To Thee

#363                 A Mighty Fortress

#382                 Onward, Christian Soldiers

#437                 God of Our Fathers

#440                 America the Beautiful


In the New Century Hymnal (Black)

#443                  In the Bulb, There is a Flower

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