Schuler to return as guest conductor for 2 concerts this week

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

The Marshall Municipal Band has another pair of concerts scheduled for this week, according to Director Kevin Lines.

The first concert is Wednesday, July 21, at the St. Luke's Church of Christ in Grand Pass.

This is the 77th consecutive year the band has traveled to Grand Pass to perform at the church's annual ice cream social, Lines said.

The band will then return to the east lawn of the Saline County Courthouse for its regular Thursday evening concert.

Both of these free concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Ron Schuler will return to the podium for director Kevin Lines.

The concert will open with the rousing march by Henry Fillmore "The Klaxon," Lines said.

Composed in 1929, this march (subtitled "March of the Automobiles") was written for the Cincinnati Automobile Show, which began at the Music Hall in January 1930.

Fillmore invented a new instrument for the occasion called a Klaxophone. It consisted of 12 automobile horns mounted on a table and powered by an automobile battery, according to Lines.

This will be followed by the overture "Ballet Parisien" by Jacques Offenbach and arranged for band by Merle Isaac. This work is a suite in five movements: "Overture," "Valse," "Galop," "Valse" and "Finale." The melodies have been selected from four of the composer's most popular operas: Genevieve of Brabant, La Perichole, La Vie Parisienne, and the well-known Orpheus.

The band has some fun with the next selection, "Crimebusters" which is a Paul Jennings medley of some of the best-known themes from fictitious crime fighters, Lines said.

It includes themes from: "Dragnet," "Mission: Impossible," "Secret Agent Man" and "Get Smart."

"A summer band concert just wouldn't be complete without a composition by this next composer," Lines said.

The band will perform John Philip Sousa's "Solid Men To The Front!"

The band will follow with John Cacavas' work "Burnished Gold and Army Blue." Cacavas began his musical career when, as a 13-year-old, he formed his own band in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

The band turns to the music of contemporary composer Robert W. Smith with his overture for band "Ash Lawn Echoes." Smith was inspired by Ash Lawn, the Presidential home of James Monroe which is situated in Albermarle County, Va.

The whole band gets a workout with the next selection by Leroy Anderson, "Irish Washerwoman." This challenging work was written in 1947 as part of his six-movement "Irish Suite."

Next, the band will perform the fiery pasodoble "Amparito Roca" by Jaime Texidor. This work is a staple in many band libraries but it is not for the faint of heart. It is a workout for every member of the band.

The closing trilogy will begin with "Assurance." This John Ness Beck arrangement combines Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" with the hymn "Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine."

The band's patriotic work is "There's Something About a Soldier," which is a descriptive work that depicts a day in the life of a soldier with bugle calls from "Reveille" to "Taps."

Abe Holzman's "Uncle Sammy" will conclude the concert.

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