Newton, NC – The memorable sounds of “In the Mood,” “Take the A Train,” “Satin Doll,” “American Patrol” and many more great tunes from over the decades will be filling the air on Courthouse Square in Newton during the lunch hour on Reunion Day, Thursday, August 18.

As part of the 127th annual patriotic festival to honor all local military veterans, the GMC Jazz band will provide musical entertainment for those enjoying lunch in the downtown area. The performance will continue from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p. m.

The midday music program is sponsored again this year by Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet, Inc. of Newton. Musicians making up the GMC trio ensemble are Guy Rudisill of Lincolnton, sax; Chris Heavner of Iron Station, keyboard and keyboard bass; and Mike Sherrill of Newton, drums.

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Rudisill and Heavner have played extensively throughout the area with many combos and big bands. Sherrill plays with a number of local groups and hosts North Carolina’s longest-running weekly jazz show, “Jazz Trackin’,” on Sunday nights on Newton radio station WNNC. The band will play a wide variety of familiar jazz tunes from the World War II era and beyond. The musicians will be located outdoors on the west side of the former courthouse on The Square.

“Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet hopes everyone will come and enjoy this popular music feature of Soldiers Reunion,” Tommy Cross, general manager of the dealership, commented.