All rise for the national anthem

Under the Elms 2018



All rise for the national anthem

"Under the Elms" is a summer concert series performed by the "Communiversity" band of townspeople and students on Ohio University's College Green. This year was the 71st annual series. (The elms, by the way, are long gone -- the trees are mostly sycamores.)

Andrew Trachsel is music director and principal conductor


Families picnic and listen to the music


The crowd is always large

And on this night, slightly bundled up -- the temperature was about 70, which is chilly in Ohio in June.

The band is made up of locals and university musicians


Command Sgt. Maj. Mitchell Spray (ret), guest conductor

He is former drum major of the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own." He led the concert through the music at state and military funerals.

Percussion


The setting is lovely, especially on a cool evening