Christmas Concert Poster-NO-BLEED (1)A Christmas concert is always fun for the whole family, but nothing puts you into the holiday spirit more than a festive concert with local doctors and firefighters playing the drums and bagpipes — all while benefitting a worthy cause. The Lander Volunteer Fire Department Pipe Band, the Casper Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drums, and members of Casper Orthopedics are hosting a holiday concert on Saturday, Dec. 23, at Summit Medical Center from 2 to 4 p.m. The show is open to the public and admission is free.

“The concert’s intent is to honor service people of all kinds — military, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency responders,” said Melissa Bautz, pipe major of the Lander Volunteer Fire Department (LVFD) Pipe Band. “During the concert, donations will be accepted for the Jerry Behrens Foundation, whose mission is to honor and aid veterans and active military service people, as well as law enforcement and firefighters, and their families.”

Bautz calls the concert a regional effort and said the LVFD Pipe Band works closely with the bagpipers from Casper. The LVFD Pipe Band became a formal part of the LVFD just last summer, but it’s been in the making for 17 years.

“The LVFD Pipe Band’s mission is to uphold the traditions of the Great Highland Bagpipe and of Scotland while playing high quality music for our service people and community,” Bautz said. “Band members play regularly (twice monthly) with local (Fremont County) Honor Guards at veterans’ memorial services. The band also provides instruction to beginner level pipers and drummers at the twice-weekly practices in Lander.”

The Casper Professional Firefighters Pipes and Drums band formed in 2012 as a sub-group of the department’s honor guard. The band has performed as events such as the St. Patty’s Day Pub Crawl, Parade Day and the Wyoming Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Riverton. They also have performed Honor Guard duties at many local events. The band states that its main responsibility is to honor fallen firefighters both locally and nationally, according to its website.

Donations to benefit a great cause

Donations are encouraged and will benefit the Jerry Behrens Foundation, which assists injured, wounded and ill service members and their families. The foundation was established to honor the lifelong achievements and commitment to community service that Casper Orthopedics co-founder Jerome A. Behrens demonstrated throughout his career.

Casper Orthopedics continues to fund the foundation’s administrative costs so that all financial contributions go directly to the foundation’s beneficiaries.

“At Casper Orthopedics, we are honored to serve those who have protected us,” said Dr. Matthew Mitchell, who will be playing bagpipes at the concert alongside fellow orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steven Orcutt on guitar. “We are so grateful to our service men and women, and we are proud to be able to honor them in this event and through the Jerry Behrens Foundation, which through generous donations, is able to help so many service members and their families.”

Behrens’ military accomplishments include service as a surgeon in Vietnam, battalion doctor at various bases in Vietnam, and service as an orthopedic surgeon in Operation Desert Storm. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with Combat V for Valor. The foundation’s mission is to provide assistance to Natrona County or Wyoming veterans or active duty military service members who have been injured in service, as well as provide assistance to their immediate families.

If you go…

What: Summit Medical Center Christmas Concert
Who: The Lander Volunteer Fire Department Pipe Band, local Casper pipers and members of the staff at Casper Orthopedics. There will also be a special appearance by Santa Claus!
When: Saturday, Dec. 23, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Where: Summit Medical Center, 6350 E. 2 nd St., Casper.
Cost: Free and open to the public.

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