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Waters: It's time to celebrate America'
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When Roger Waters beheld the seemingly insurmountable troubles America faced on all sides, the long-standing musical director did what he knew best - he brought forth music to heal and remind us of the great nation we are.

The Covington-Conyers Choral Guild invites all veterans, active duty military, and first responders and their families for a rousing and inspiring concert Friday, June 27, 8 p.m. at the Rockdale Auditorium, 903 Main Street, Conyers.

"Celebrate America! Songs of Faith and Freedom, Remembering Our Heritage and Praying For Our Future" is especially for those who protect and serve, said Waters.

"We're doing this for all military, formerly military, law enforcement, firefighters, anybody who's out there protecting and serving."

Waters said it seemed America was under everyone's heel, including allies and other governments. "I just thought it was time to celebrate America," said Waters.

The evening's performances include the national anthem "The Star Spangled Banner," "God Bless America," "Battle Hymn of the Republic," "God Bless the USA," "Gettysburg Address," "Creation Will Be At Peace," "A Prayer For Our Time," and a medley "Salute to the Armed Forces."

Salem High School's MCJROTC color guard will present the flag and colors.

Active duty military, veterans and first responders receive free admission to the concert if they come in partial or full uniform.

Regular attendees pay $10 at the door.

The Choral Guild, under the musical direction of Roger Waters and assistant director/accompaniest Joni Jones, is in its 29th year as a non-auditioned community chorus and nonprofit, which strives to bring a superior choral performance using a wide range of pieces , from Broadway show tunes to the classics such as Brahms, Haydn and Mozart.

For more information on the Covington-Conyers Choral Guild, go to

This year's Choral Guild members include: (Sopranos) Tiffany Carpenter, Jane Cooper, Teresa Daniel, Krista Firkus, Joanie Fitzgerald, Deb Galliard, Deb Gord, Patsy Hutchins, Brenda Hutson, Robyn Kelly, Emily Kress, Judy Lovell, Linda Pratt, Julie Ryan, Nancy Sirmans, Barbara Skipper, Lynda Smith, Katherine Summers, Bonnie Trickler, Rosemarie Zivic; (Altos) Susan Boyle, Kaye Bradford, Carol Brown, Kathy Carlisle, Bonnie Clark, Johanna Cleland, Julia Duff, Linda Fink, Rhonda Grant, Nancy Hensarling, Jeanie Hunsucker, Charlene Hutson, Madeline Phipps, Claire Sampson, Yvette Smith, Susan Stewart; (Tenors) Craig Hudsohn, Perry Livsey, Greg Potratz, Adam Ralston, Chris Roland, Steve Traylor, Charles Woods; (Bass) Jim Baker, Lane Carlisle, Kenny Dease, Michael Hamby, James Jackson, Floyd Lance, Robert Lange, Andy Moon, Mel Sampson, Sam Thompson.

The Choral Guild's annual Music Scholarship was awarded to Patricia Clark of Salem High School and Sam Potts of Alcovy High School.