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Sat., June 30th - 12:20 p.m.
R.B. Hall Day
Waterville Opera House
Waterville, Maine

Tues., July 3rd - 7:30 p.m.
Independence Eve Concert
Patriotic Medley
Bridgton Bandstand
Followed by Fireworks

Wed., July 4th - 12 Noon
Bridgton's Independence Day Parade
(Lineup at 11:15 p.m.)

Wed., July 11th - 7:00 p.m.
Bridgton Library Courtyard

Wed., July 18th - 7:00 p.m.
Bridgton Library Courtyard

Wed., July 25th - 7:00 p.m.
Bridgton Library Courtyard

Sat., July 28th - 2:00 p.m.
Casco Days Parade
(Lineup at 1:15 p.m.)

Wed., August 1st - 7:00 p.m.
Bridgton Bandstand

Wed., August 8th - 7:00 p.m.
Happy Birthday, BCB
Bridgton Bandstand
80th Band Birthday Party
with cake following concert!

Sat., October 6th - 10:00 a.m.
Grand Parade
Fryeburg Fairgrounds

Note: Rehearsals are held Monday evenings at 7 p.m. at Stevens Brook Elementary School in Bridgton from the first Monday in May, through mid-August. There will be no rehearsal on Monday, May 28th.


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July 3rd Concert - A Patriotic Medley

Jul 1

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Friday, July 01, 2011  RssIcon

Greetings!  Just a few thoughts on some of the pieces you'll hear on our July 3rd concert.

As is our tradition for this patriotic concert, we will play several marches by John Philip Sousa, the "American March King":  The Washington Post March, written for an essay contest awards ceremony sponsored by the newspaper of the same name; High School Cadets, written in 1890; The Stars and Stripes Forever, which is officially the National March of the United States; and The Liberty Bell, originally written as part of an unfinished operetta, "The Devil's Deputy", and which can be heard at the beginning and end of the British TV comedy "Monty Python's Flying Circus"!

The band will also perform several medleys of familiar tunes, inluding traditional American songs, pieces by George M. Cohan, and the popular Armed Forces Salute, arranged by Bill Moffit, which presents the official songs of the Armed Forces in a stirring march format.

Included in the program this week is perhaps our biggest challenge to date:  a piece by John Williams written in 1986 in honor of the 100th birthday of the Statue of Liberty.  Called Liberty Fanfare, it has both long, moving melody lines that are quintessentially Williams, and a bright, brassy fanfare that is passed around the instruments of the band.  At the conclusion of the piece, all three themes are combined in a final triumphant salute to "Lady Liberty".

Hope to see you at the concert Sunday night!


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