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JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Citizens Band hosted July 7 the first in a series of events of its 109th summer concert season. The band’s concert season began with a performance at the Charles Jenner Memorial Band Shell in the park in downtown Johnstown. The free concerts begin at 7 p.m. and will be held Fridays through July 28. If there is inclement weather, the band will perform inside at the Johnstown Episcopal Church, next to the band shell. Conducting the band this year is Douglas Dougherty. According to a release, the first program, titled The American Spirit, “paid tribute to the men and women who helped build and expand the country as well as those who protect and defend it.” Music included: “The National Anthem,” “Americans We March,” “Kentucky 1800,” “American Riversongs,” “The American Red Cross March,” “Star Spangled Spectacular,” “Guadalcanal March,” “Armed Forces – Pride of America,” “Elegy For A Young American,” “From Sea To Shining Sea,” and “God Bless The U.S.A.” On Friday at 7 p.m., the band is set to perform music composed for “Broadway.” The program will include “National Anthem,” “The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber,” “The Pajama Game,” “My Fair Lady,” “Miss Saigon,” “Annie,” and more. The band is sponsored in part by the city of Johnstown and donations from area businesses and merchants. Pictured: Area residents gather June 7 at the Charles Jenner Memorial Band Shell in the park in downtown Johnstown for a free performance by the Johnstown Citizens Band.