Bob Leighty, who had heart issues, had been working in the yard and stopped to rest when he passed away on Aug. 14. The couple would have celebrated a 31st wedding anniversary in September.
Greta said being part of the band helps her feel connected.
After Bob Leighty passed away, Eugene Warner took over the reigns as director of the Kanawha Valley Community Band.
Warner pointed out that Leighty encouraged youth as well as adults to pursue their love for music. He encouraged Kanawha County students during his years of teaching and also provided outlets for adult musicians to perform, he said.
"My first goal as conductor is to preserve his legacy," Warner said. "He created places where adult musicians could come, share and be involved with playing their instruments."
Scott Woodard, director of Mountain State Brass Band, said the concert on Sunday will include about 80 musicians from the two groups. The groups include musicians from high school to age 70 plus who have been influenced by Leighty's guidance.
"This is a great opportunity for folks who knew Bob and want to pay a tribute to him," Woodard said. "He influenced a great number of individuals musically in the Kanawha Valley."
The concert will last about an hour and 15 minutes with numbers such as "Stars and Stripes Forever," "It Is Well With My Soul," "Liberty March," "What A Wonderful World," "Disney Fantasy," "Coronation March" and "Onward and Upward."
While the concert is free, donations will be accepted for Shriners Children's Hospital.
Contact writer Charlotte Ferrell Smith at charlo...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1246.