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Zionsville Times Sentinel

The Zionsville Concert Band and the Zionsville Middle School Orchestra made history Saturday, Sept. 16, while helping the Advance Park Committee thank the public.

The bands performed musical theater favorites and popular fiddling tunes in a free concert, a first for them in the western Boone County community.

“This event is the park committee’s way to say thank you to the community for all the help building the park,” committee member Jerry Parsley said. “Our mission was to build the park and library without costing the taxpayers anything.”

Zionsville Scout Troop No. 358 is building 16 benches for the park. The project has received a grant from Boone County Youth as Resources, a United Way program.

John Richards, director of the concert band, and Kathleen Swayze, director of the ZMS band, had been trying for several years to have a joint concert.

“It is great to see people coming together for a common goal,” Advance Council President Carolyn Booher said as she enjoyed the show.

Parsley expressed special thanks to the Lions Club Park in Whitestown for donating playground equipment valued at $45,000. The equipment will be repainted and installed at Advance.

Zionsville resident Tom Melind, Purdue University associate professor and landscape architect Kim Wilson, Jenny Hamman and fifth-year seniors Megan Martin and Lucille Baranko, both majoring in landscape architecture, will help design a park plan.

The group will create a Community Planning and Design Initiative for Advance. They will return to Advance in January to ask residents to rate planning needs and goals. The plan is scheduled to be ready by May.

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