It was my good fortune to be in the audience for the Bakersfield Winds Patriotic Concert on July 1.

During an all-too-quick 60 minutes, these outstanding musicians treated the audience to an array of American music, including marches, a medley of Stephen Foster tunes and a Dixieland Jam. A stirring highlight was playing the armed forces salute, as we heard the official song of each branch of our armed forces. Audience members who had served stood to rousing applause as their respective song was played.

This memorable concert was worth far more than the suggested $5 donation, and I look forward to attending the next Bakersfield Winds performance on Nov. 25.

David Lyman