Fans of Salt Lake Community College Summer Spirit Band will have two chances to hear the band play this week: once during the annual Days of ’47 Parade on July 24, and at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy at 6 p.m. the night before the parade.
The 40-member band will play at the Expo Center during a special float preview exhibition. The following day they are entry #23 in the parade held every Pioneer Day in Utah.
Not your typical military-precision marching band, Summer Spirit is fun-focused, playing fan favorites that span several decades and genres. Band Director Craig Ferrin continued the annual tradition of taking his group into neighborhoods around SLCC’s South City Campus for impromptu concerts as a means of preparation for the big parade and engaging with the community.
The band is playing in nine parades and shows this summer, including the Days of ’47 parade, which draws more than one million to their televisions and the streets of Salt Lake City. The parade starts at 9 a.m. on South Temple and State Street, then heads south on 200 East before ending at Liberty Park off of 900 South and 600 East.