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City of Tonawanda

The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas took top honors at this year’s National Concert Band Contest held Aug. 29 in Baltimore.

The band’s score of 94.3 earned it first prize and the national championship title, according to a news release. The American Legion Band from Kansas City, Mo. finished second with a score of 92.

The 90-member Tonawanda band under Musical Director Michael Shaw performed “Ride” by Samuel R. Hazo, “Purple Pageant” by Karl King and “Suite from Hymn of the Highlands” by Philip Sparke during its 30-minute performance. The band also took first place in the National Parade.

Now in its 86th year, the band is celebrating its 20th National Championship.

This week:

• A Labor Day Car Show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Niawanda Park on Niagara Street. Sponsored by the local Vietnam Veterans and American Legion chapters, the event will also include arts and crafts, basket raffles, and food and drink concessions.

• The waterfront revitalization committee is conducting an online survey of residents on their vision for Two Mile and Ellicott creeks 10-20 years from now. The survey can be found at Find the project’s page on Facebook by searching for “Living Niawanda” or “City of Tonawanda Waterfront Plan.”