Crowds gathered at the Jack Kilby Square in downtown Great Bend to enjoy Military Monday. Approximately 500 people came out to see the band despite the heat.
The people started to show up at 6 p.m. to get a good seat in the shade to try and beat the heat. Even though it was hot, as it got later in the evening the crowd grew and enjoyed the festivities and listened to the 35th Infantry Division Band.
“We have a great turn out considering the heat,” Great Bend Tribune Publisher Mary Hoisington said, “It turned out to be a nice evening for the concert.”
Spectators also got to enjoy hamburgers and hotdogs, antique military vehicles, and bouncy house for the kids.
The band was led by Chief Warrant Officer, Stephen J. Patterson Commander and principal conductor. Chief Warrant Officer Patterson is a native to Topeka Kan, he has been a member of the band since 1978.
The band has three more stops before it finishes it tour in Kansas. They will be at Marion High School on July 23, Brass Quintet at the Emporia Public Library on June 24, and at Brookside Manor in Overbrook Kan, on June 25.