The Hilton Head Choral Society’s annual “America Sings!” concert will take place at 7 p.m. May 28 at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway. 

The Savannah Brass Quintet will be joining the Choral Society for this celebration of the American spirit.

The evening will also feature special guest speaker Gen. Lloyd W. “Fig” Newton, USAF (ret.). Newton, a four-star general, is originally from Ridgeland. In 1968, he flew 269 combat missions in Vietnam and was later selected to join the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Squadron, “The Thunderbirds,” making him the first African American pilot to fly with the team. 

In 1998, Gen. Newton was inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Elouise, now reside in Bluffton.

The Choral Society will invite the audience to join along as they open the concert with the “Star Spangled Banner,” followed by moving patriotic arrangements by the Savannah Brass Quintet. 

Members will also sing classics like “Followers of the Lamb,” “Song for the Unsung Hero,” and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” The evening will conclude with a tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces, both current and past.  

Tickets are available at For more information or for help placing a ticket order, call 843-341-3818 or email