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August 10th Concert - Happy Birthday, Bridgton Community Band

Aug 6

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Hello again!

As the days grow shorter, and our season winds to a close, we celebrate the 73rd birthday of the Bridgton Community Band.

Our opening march is a concert march by George H. Willcocks called Here Comes The Band.  This march showcases several sections of the band and has become a favorite concert march of many of the band members.

Our next piece, Sentimental Journey, by Bud Green, Les Brown, and Ben Homer, sets the mood of tonight's concert - a sentimental musical journey through some pieces that highlight some of the more unique aspects of the band.

Swingin' Songs Of Yesterday, is a medley of pieces that were written between 1946 and 1960 by Lew Spence, Josef Myrow, Jule Styne, and James Van Heusen.  Included are "Time After Time", "All The Way", "Nice 'N Easy", and "You Make Me Feel So Young".  Arranged by Bob Lowden, this piece has an easy swing style that makes it fun to play and hear.

Our next piece celebrates one aspect of our bandstand's location - the ability for our audience to remain in their cars, especially in the event of inclement weather.  We really enjoy the "applause" of the car horns when rain doesn't allow folks to sit outside to listen.  This piece, called Concerto For Car Horns & City Band by Andy Clark, was donated to the band by clarinetist, Bob Carabia, and has familiar tunes with car horns as "soloists".  Don't worry if your music reading skills are a bit rusty - I'll conduct the car horn part very clearly.  So come up and get your music, tune up your car horns, and join us as guest musicians!

The second march on the program serves two purposes for our theme - its title refers to the band's willingness to perform in almost any weather (except lightning!) and it is a circus march, which is one of the band's favorite things to play!  Called In Storm And Sunshine by J. C. Heed, this march starts loud and fast and doesn't let up until the end, keeping the entire band on its toes throughout.

The band members enjoy playing selections from musicals, movies, and musical theater, so I often program music from this genre.  Tonight's offering is from The Fantastics, by Harvey Schmidt, arranged by Richard Hayman.  I remember this show as one of the earliest "live" theater performances that I attended at Deertrees Theater in Harrison as a child, so the music has special meaning to me.

That Old Gang Of Mine was written in 1923 by Billy Rose, Mort Dixon, and Ray Henderson, so this arrangement by Charles Carter could possibly have been played by the original embodiment of the Bridgton Community Band back in 1938.  The lyrics speak of someone missing the old gang that he used to hang around - perhaps how our members feel in the dead of winter!

Our next march, Old Comrades by Carl Teike, is one of my favorites.  Although slower and not as showy as some that we play, I have made a personal tradition of programming it on the last concert of each season as my tribute to the fine musicians that I have the privilege to conduct - people who have become some of my best friends.

Now we take Time Out For A Jam Session.  Written by James E. Handlon, this is a bright Blues piece with a Boogie beat that sounds like an impromptu jazz session.  The band has a habit of holding an improv session on the band trailer as we "deadhead" to and from parade sites - we hope the neighbors along the route enjoy the concert!

As our days get shorter, the lights on the bandstand become indispensable.  I learned this piece from my mother when I was a child, and I have programmed it as a "thank you" to the Bridgton town crew that keeps the bandstand and the lights in working order for us each season.  Composed by Charles Tobias and Nat Simon, and arranged by George F. Briegel, we hope you enjoy The Old Lamplighter.

I remember playing this piece very early in my band career...possibly even performing it when we still played down in Reny's square!  Written by Charles Strouse as the theme song to the TV show, "All In The Family", the lyrics reminisce about the "good old days".  We present Carroll DeCamp's arrangement of Those Were The Days.

While we're reminiscing....let's look back to a simpler time when both the band and I were young(er).  One of my favorite songs by Charles Aznavour and arranged for band by Zane Van Auken, here is Yesterday, When I Was Young.

We close our season with another circus march (the band just can't get enough of these!).  Called Them Basses, by G. H. Huffine, this shows off our strong low brass section.  The basses (and the trombones, baritones, and tenor saxes) have the melody throughout this entire march.

Well, there we are - another season coming to a close.  Thanks for all your support this year....we're already looking forward to next year.

Join us Wednesday night as we celebrate the band's 73rd birthday with cake, camaraderie, and good times.  Don't forget to bring your car horns and join us as we fill another summer night with beautiful music and fun!

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