Chris Bonebrake has a military background that likely informs his diligence in paying tribute to first responders, law-enforcement officers and military veterans.
But it is his skillfulness with military music and his role as band director that he will use to lead others to pay tribute at New Horizons Concert Band of Hagers-town’s 9/11 Memorial Concert at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, at Peter Buys Band Shell in Hagerstown’s City Park. The concert will mark the 15th anniversary of the events of Sept. 11, 2001.
“I was drafted into the service in 1969. I went in as an Army bandsman,” Bonebrake said. “I went to the U.S. Army School of Music and graduated from there.”
He served in various Army bands in Washington, D.C., and later in Germany for a year and a half, he said, with saxophone as his principal instrument. After his time in the military, Bonebrake, now 67, had a career in business for nearly 30 years before returning to music.
“First of all, I love military band music. I’ve studied it all my life,” he said. “We have a band library with an extensive collection of American and patriotic music. One of my hobbies is listening to band music, so I started to pull out music from the library.”