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“Concert in the Park” brings music to the memorial park cemetery


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – The cemetery at Topeka Memorial Park brought people together for an afternoon filled with music.

For twelve years, Concert in the Park has invited the public to experience live entertainment.

“A cemetery is a place of life and it is a park-like setting for family and friends to come out and enjoy,” said Ren Newcomer, owner of Memorial Park cemetery. “It means a lot to me and it means a lot to my wife, Tracy.

The event brought together two different types of music in one place.

“This is our twelfth year at Memorial Park Cemetery to host Kings of Swing for our summer concert,” Newcomer said. “We’re also very happy to have the Topeka High School Drum Core, so we have music for everyone.”

For a man, these two musical groups have a special bond.

“Kings of Swing means a lot to me, I started with them years ago and it’s also an honor to play with them every year,” said Sal Cruz.

Topeka – Conductor, Sal Cruz fell in love with music playing with the Kings of Swing years ago.

“I don’t play that much, but kids see me playing with a band because they don’t see me playing, so it’s always been a fun thing and I actually miss playing with these guys, but I chose for lead the drum line.

Now, Cruz uses the skills he has acquired to share his passion with a new generation.

“There are times when we play and people are in tears and I’m like ‘are we really that bad’ and they’re like ‘oh no it’s just nice to see this younger generation involved in something that they are so passionate about. ‘”

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