Municipal band readies to open 83rd season

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

The Marshall Municipal Band, the second-oldest municipal band in the state, will open its 83rd season Thursday evening with its traditional performance at the Marshall Senior Center's ice cream social. The social will run from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Director Kevin Lines, who will take the podium at 8 p.m. tomorrow evening, said, "Tradition is very much a part of this band. We begin every concert with 'The Star-Spangled Banner' and end every concert with the march 'Uncle Sammy.'"

The 2004 season opener will include a trio of marches, Lines said, each with a distinct style. "Corcoran Cadets" is an example of a traditional American march by John Philip Sousa, while "Funiculi Funicula" is an example of an infectious Italian folk song that is highly entertaining. The third march on the concert bill, "Prestissimo," a galop by K.L. Kings, is a tune that some might recognize from the big top. "This insanely fast march was commonly used with the horses and their trick riders in circuses," Lines said.

Like many municipal band performances, this week's will feature selections from the Show-Me State. "Declaration Over-ture," written by Missouri composer the late Claude T. Smith in 1976, is a work "full of those characteristics which made his music so much fun to play and so enjoyable to listen to," Lines said. The second Missouri selection is "The Missouri Waltz," made famous by none other than Harry Truman, the piano-playing president from Independence.

"Clarinet Allegro" will feature the band's clarinet section. And two other works will highlight the abilities of the entire band. "Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon" and "Traumerai" are two numbers Lines likened to "listening to all the colors of the rainbow. These works showcase the many tone colors available to the modern concert band while also allowing the most expressive of playing."

As always, the band will wrap up the evening with a trilogy including a hymn, a patriotic selection and "Uncle Sammy." The hymn will be Fred Allen's arrangement of "When The Stars Begin To Fall." With Memorial Day just around the corner, the band will perform "Armed Forces Salute," weaving together the music of the nation's armed forces and honoring veterans past and present.

After this week, the band will move to the same summer home as last year -- the east side of the courthouse lawn in downtown Marshall. The concerts on the lawn will begin at 7:30 p.m. each Thursday and residents are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

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