Marshall Municipal Band preview: Band says 'thank you' to community with annual ice cream social

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The Marshall Municipal Band will host its annual free Ice Cream Social at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, in conjunction with their weekly concert on the east lawn of the Saline County Courthouse.

The band concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

"We've done this for many years," Director Kevin Lines said. "It's our way of saying thank you to people of Marshall for the support of the band."

The concert will begin with the John Philip Sousa march the "Washington Post."

"In 1899, owners of the Washington Post asked Sousa to write a march for their essay contest winners ceremony. Sousa obliged and the march was an instant success. In fact, it became synonymous with a popular dance of the time, the two-step," Lines said.

The band will perform a new composition titled "Valley of the Kings." Written in 2008 by Rob Grice, "Valley of the Kings" is an epic musical journey of Egypt and the periods of instability and renewal experienced in its long and storied history.

Vivid images of victories and defeats that took place under the rule of powerful kings as well as religious revolutions will be experienced in this intriguing work.

The band will feature their Dixieland combo with their next work "Big Beat Dixieland Concerto" by James Ployhar. The work includes the well-known "Dinah," "Who's Sorry Now" and "Margie."

"The British Eighth March" is next on the program. The work was published in 1944 and dedicated to General Bernard Montgomery and the Eighth Army after a triumphant sweep across North Africa in 1942. Following the defeat of Rommel's forces at El Alamein, Montgomery was promoted to field marshall, and he soon became the idol of the British public.

"Our next work is 'Panis Angelicus by composer César Franck. Franck wrote this work in 1872 for tenor voice, organ, harp and double bass. The masterful composer Alfred Reed, who you will hear later in the concert, adapted and arranged this work for band in 1988," Lines said.

"Great Themes from Great Italian Movies" by John Cacavas is the band's next selection. This medley includes "More," "Funny World," "Theme form 8 ˝," "La Donna Nel Mondo" and "I'll Set My Love To Music."

The circus galop "Prestissimo" by K.L. King is next on the program. "This work is meant to be played fast and furious and was often used for the equestrian performers during their circus performances.

The band's trilogy begins with Alfred Reed's "A Sacred Suite." The work was written in 1961 and was dedicated to the Purdue University Symphonic Band and their director Al G. Wright. The work is built on seven well-known melodies. They are "Sweet Hour of Prayer," "All Hail The Power Of Jesus' Name," "When I Survey The Wondrous Cross," "Praise Him! Praise Him," "On Jordan's Stormy Banks" and "Battle Hymn Of The Republic."

The band's patriotic work is "Flight of Valor." It is a James Swearingen work that was commissioned for the Somerset County (Pennsylvania) Community Band. It is based on the well-known hymn "It Is Well With My Soul" and is respectfully dedicated to the heroes of United Flight 93 who tragically lost their lives in a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001.

The concert will conclude with the band's signature march "Uncle Sammy."

Thursday, Aug. 12, will be the final day of the band's season, and it will be a busy one.

"We've have enjoyed playing for the people of Marshall this summer and we would like to invite them back to our last performance of the season next week," Lines said. "We will actually have several performances on that last day. We will play for the opening of the Missouri State Fair at 10 a.m. and will have two additional performances at noon and 3 p.m. We then return to Marshall where we will conclude our 89th season."

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  • Thank you so much for a wonderful season. I can't wait for next summer... THE 80TH SEASON! Coming to the band concerts is always such fun and is a great time for everyone. It just makes the summer great.... well gardening comes in a close second!

    -- Posted by movaldude on Fri, Aug 6, 2010, at 1:45 AM
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