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July 3rd Concert - A Patriotic Medley

Jul 1

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Friday, July 1, 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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