GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – It may not seem so in Geneva, but today over 300 million US citizens celebrate the 236th anniversary of their independence from the British with patriotic songs, barbecues and fireworks.
For those of you wanting to sing the Star Spangled Banner along a few compatriots, you will have to wait one more day (unless you are one of the lucky few invited you know where).
If you want to celebrate your stars and stripes, think of attending a special event hosted by the US Mission in Geneva featuring the Temple Jazz Orchestra.
The concert in celebration of Independence Day, will take place Thursday 5 July at 18:30 at the UN in Geneva. Those without UN badges need to RSVP at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Temple Jazz Orchestra (TJO), recognized as the premier jazz ensemble in central Texas, was founded in 1990. It is directed by Thomas Fairlie and is part of the Temple College Performing Arts Department.
TJO musicians are devoted to jazz education and performance, many also direct their own bands. If you miss their performance at the UN you can still catch their performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival this year.
Go Texas! (I had to say it, I myself was a Texas transplant).
Happy 4th everyone.
PS: For those of you who missed it, Geneva’s Democrats Abroad faced off Republicans Abroad in a Softball Slugout on 30 June. Dems won 10-9 after a big rally in the 5th inning! A great game indeed, we hear. See the photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/democrats_ch/.