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SAN ANGELO–At Tuesday's 5:30 p.m. ceremonies, held at the Fort Concho National Historic Landmark, a new Post Bandstand was dedicated in the exact spot where the original one stood 130 years ago.

The master of ceremonies for this historical dedicatory celebration was Bob Bluthardt, Fort Concho Site Manager. Among the 75 attendees were dignitaries: Mayor Dwain Morrison, SMD3, Harry Thomas, and guest, Greg Stephens, the point man who led the charge on the reconstruction of Post Band.
Thomas in his brief remarks, humorously said of Stephens that what was supposed to be a reconstruction weekend project, turned into a seven-and-half year job.

“This project fulfills a goal set by the fort board years ago and restated in 2010,” Stephens said. “This bandstand will be a signature addition to the fort’s ever-improving appearance as we edge closer to our goal of full restoration.”

 After the dedication ceremonies, the Ice House Brass performed on the Bandstand with three music pieces, the first one--The Girl I left behind.

Prior to the Brass' performance, Bluthardt instructed Henry Schmidt, architect, Stephens and his mother, Karen, Mayor Morrison, Councilman, Thomas, Carol Harrison and James Dusek for the official cutting of Infantry Blue and Calvary Yellow ribbon with saber, followed by an artillery salute.

The new Post Bandstand, which reflects an accurate copy of the original that was erected in the 1880s, is located on the west end of the Parade Ground near South Oakes Street and East Avenue D. 

The new bandstand will play a central role in this year’s Christmas at Old Fort Concho on Dec. 2-4. The festival is the fort’s largest annual event and fundraiser.