Last regular MMB concert of the 2013 season

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The regular season of the Marshall Municipal Band will come to a close this Thursday evening as the band plays their final concert of the 92nd season. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. on the east lawn of the Saline County Courthouse.

The concert will open with the K. L. King circus march "The Big Cage," which was dedicated to the famous lion trainer Clyde Beatty. Other marches on the program are "Army of the Nile" and a new march to the band's repertoire, "Riders for the Flag."

John Philip Sousa had a love for horses that inspired him to write three very successful marches in a galloping style. This love also inspired him to purchase a beautiful black Arabian steed. However, the horse threw Sousa, wrenching his right shoulder and causing him to adopt a conducting style in which he swung his arm from the elbow rather than from the shoulder.

The band's first overture for the evening is Clare Grundman's "Hebrides Suite." Grundman used folksongs for most of his band works. His settings of folksongs are simpler textured in style than those of Percy Grainger, Gustav Holst, or Ralph Vaughn Williams. The Hebrides Islands are located off the western coast of Scotland. The folksongs used, which reflect everyday life of the island people, are "The Peat Fire Flame," "An Eriskay Love Lilt," "Milking Song" and "The Road to the Isles."

The band continues the international flavor of the concert with "The Irish Washerwoman" by Leroy Anderson, the Viennese polka "Tritsch-Tratsch Polka" by Johan Strauss and "Great Themes From Great Italian Movies" arranged by John Cacavas.

The melodic style, natural to Italian music, has provided Cacavas with material for his richly textured concert band arrangement. This medley features "More" which is the theme to the movie "Mondo Cane" as well as music from the films, "Malamondo," "8 1/2," "Women of the World" and "Mondo Pazzo."

For the band's musical selection they turn to the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

"The musical 'Carousel' has some wonderful melodies and several well-known songs," Director Kevin Lines commented. "However, if you hear the songs, you don't always associate it with the musical the way you would with say 'The Sound of Music.'"

This medley includes, "Carousel Waltz," "Mister Snow," "If I Loved You," "June Is Bustin' Out All Over," "What's The Use of Wond'rin," "A Real Nice Clambake" and "You'll Never Walk Alone."

The Marshall Municipal Band will conclude their concert in the traditional way, which is with a sacred work, a patriotic work and their signature march "Uncle Sammy." The sacred work is Sousa's "Songs of Grace and Songs of Glory." The patriotic work is none other than the national march of the U. S., "Stars and Stripes Forever."

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