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Trumpets! Flags! Fireworks!

The Carroll Symphony Orchestra is preparing once again to thrill our community with the sounds and sights of The 2014 Sounds of Liberty Concert  which begins at 8:30 p.m. on the Fourth of July. 
The grounds of the Carrollton Elementary School will become a giant “crazy quilt” of lawn chairs and beach blankets as thousands gather at the free event to enjoy the thrilling patriotic music that culminates in a brilliant fireworks display.
As evening falls, spotlights switch on, musicians mount the stage, Conductor Terry Lowry takes the podium, the American Legion Honor Guard raises the colors, local radio stations “go live,” and “The Star-Spangled Banner” sounds across the crowd to begin the evening’s celebration. 
Conductor Lowry calls the concert an “All-American program” because all of the evening’s music is by American composers.  One segment of this year’s American music will include themes from movies and television Westerns such as the John Wayne film The Cowboys and the hit movie The Magnificent Seven
In a special salute to the Carrollton High School Baseball Team who brought home the State Championship this year, recent CHS graduate Thomas Cox will perform “Casey at the Bat.”
To the strains of John Phillip Sousa’s “Songs of Grace and Songs of Glory” the crowd will have the opportunity to pay tribute to Carroll County’s own brave men and women who gave their lives in service to our country, their names displayed on a double-sided replica of the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park walls. 
With the orchestra accompanying him, well-known bass Dr. Larry Frazier will sing “An Armed Forces Salute” during which both wartime and peacetime veterans of each of our country’s military branches will be recognized.
The program builds to the brilliant fireworks display with numerous patriotic melodies including “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” 
2014 will be the eleventh year for the CSO to perform at The Sounds of Liberty. 
Gradick Communications’ radio stations Kiss 102.7 and B92 Country will broadcast the concert, as they have been doing since 1996.
The Sounds of Liberty is made possible by the following sponsors: City of Carrollton, Southwire, Tanner Health System, Carroll County, SMI, Mike Bell Chevrolet, Kiss 102.7 and B92 Country, West Georgia Ambulance Service and Steve Adams, West Georgia Technical College, Milestone Investment Management, Almon Funeral Home, United Community Bank, and Syncglobal Telecom. 
Mayor Wayne Garner welcomes everyone to the celebration, “We are delighted to be able to participate with the Symphony each year. As mayor, and on behalf of the City Council, I want to say that we think it is a great, great thing for the City of Carrollton. Thousands and thousands of people come to attend that concert. Terry Lowry does a great job. We’re excited about it and know we’ll have another great concert.”
The fireworks show is co-sponsored by the Carrollton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and Tanner Health System.
The launch site for the fireworks show is across Ben Scott Boulevard from the concert stage and will be located between the practice football field and the baseball field by Carrollton Junior High. 
The Symphony’s first Sounds of Liberty concert was also the first year that awards were presented for the winning floats in the morning’s People’s Parade, a project organized and managed by the Evening Sertoma Club. The tradition continues: this year’s Community Spirit Cup will be presented by Carrollton Evening Sertoman Rebecca L. Smith, coordinator of The People's Parade. 
Traffic exiting the evening’s event will flow steadily under the guidance of Carrollton Police officers who will be stationed at the intersections of Trojan Drive and South Park Street, Trojan Drive and Ben Scott Boulevard, Ben Scott and Hwy. 166 Bypass, and Hays Mill Road and the 166 Bypass. 
 
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