A Patriotic Celebration

On July 3rd, the Atlanta Pops Orchestra performed at the Cottrell Ranch in Dahlonega, GA to celebrate the life of Bill T. Hardman. Hardman, who passed away in 2013, was appointed the state’s first tourism director in 1959. In 1973, he helped secure a $30 million appropriation from state lawmakers to construct the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The event was sponsored by the University of North Georgia, and featured guest conductor Dr. Tom Gibson leading the Atlanta Pops in a program of patriotic marches & American popular music including John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” and “Washington Post March,” Samuel Ward’s “America the Beautiful” (narrated by Mr. Lauren McDonald) and a Stephen Foster Medley arranged by Sammy Nestico.

(photo by Marion Sievers)


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