American Legion Band To Hold Free Concert at New Utrecht Parish House

March 2, 2012 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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BENSONHURST — The Kings County American Legion Headquarters Band will return to the Parish House of the New Utrecht Reformed Church on Sunday, March 18, for a free concert presented by the Friends of Historic New Utrecht. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m.

The musicians, under the direction of Irwin Meyer, last performed at New Utrecht in March of last year. The band members come from many walks of life. Some are professional musicians, students, mechanics, teachers, police officers and health care professionals.

In its nearly 80-year history, the band has contained musicians from the famous John Philip Sousa Band, the Goldman Band and many other big bands of the 1940s. Meyer has played in several semi-professional symphony orchestras, including the Brooklyn Doctors’ Symphony, where he served as president for several years.

The program, at which light refreshments will be served, is one in a series of free concerts offered each year by the New Utrecht historic organization. The Parish House and nearby sanctuary of the church both are historically significant. The church building, which is undergoing extensive repair and restoration, dates back to 1828. The congregation itself was founded in 1677.

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On its front lawn, near 18th Avenue, the church has the nation’s last remaining Liberty Pole, the sixth pole to have been placed at the site. The original pole was erected by town residents to celebrate the Evacuation of the British in 1783.

Persons interested in learning more about the Sunday afternoon concert, the Friends organization and the history of the church may call (718) 256-7173 or check the websites,, or inquire at [email protected].

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