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Northeast Times | November 29, 2021

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Lewisville: Keeping Tradition Alive Jam Session

Lewisville: Keeping Tradition Alive Jam Session

Hundreds of firefighter bagpipers, drummers, and honor guard members from across the country are expected to participate in the annual Keeping Tradition Alive Jam Session on Friday, May 3, 7-10 p.m., at Wayne Ferguson Plaza, 150 W. Church Street, in Old Town Lewisville.

The free event, which has become a community favorite, drawing more than 1,000 spectators, will include a series of performances and presentations by participants and instructors at the Keeping Tradition Alive Symposium being held at Lewisville Convention Center.

Maylee Thomas Band will perform at this year’s event.

Keeping Tradition Alive is one of the premier training events for firefighter bagpipe and drum corps members across the country. It includes classes for public safety honor guards conducted by the National Honor Guard Academy. It was started by Lewisville Fire Department in 2007 and is held each May at Lewisville Convention Center. The public Jam Session held in conjunction with the symposium has become a popular regional activity for participants and spectators.

The two-day symposium will feature highly regarded teachers, headed by lead pipe instructor Jack Lee and lead drum instructor Andrew Hoinacki. Also attending the symposium are special guest Jim Kilpatrick and Tyler Fry.

This year’s featured speaker is Flower Mound High School Basketball Coach Eric Littleton. He will be speaking about his family’s experience dealing with a devastating illness one of his twin sons, Solomon, contracted, and the ensuing journey of self-discovery that he and his family experienced. He’ll talk about the power of relentlessly pursuing hope and unconditional love and joy in the face of great struggle and tragedy.

Wayne Ferguson Plaza opens at 6 p.m. for the Friday jam session, with performances starting at 7 p.m. Maylee Thomas Band will take the stage around 7:45 p.m. and perform for about 30 minutes. They will perform a second time around 8:45 p.m.

Attendees can park in any of the lots at City Hall, in the Elm Street public parking lot, and in the Kealy Street public lot, or available street parking.