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In the words of Plato, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything.” This year’s Music by the Bay Summer Concert Series at Fort Monroe proved the great philosopher to be true. The second annual concert series (a continuation of an over 80 year tradition) was a success with great music, food, and most importantly fantastic people.

This year over 7,000 people came out and enjoyed a variety of patriotic, rock, pop, jazz and even classical music at Continental Park while relishing the natural beauty of the waterfront site.  From the upbeat and rhythmic sounds of the United States Fleet Forces Band to the catchy and jazzy tunes played by the United States Air Force Heritage Band, the experience was one to remember. The series also included a unique performance by The Gosport Brass Band who performed in full Civil War regalia and a finale concert featuring the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.

While this season’s mix of an amazing audience and fantastic music at the most beautiful waterfront site on the peninsula made it hard to beat, we hope to outdo it next year with another successful series… we hope you’ll join us.