Thursday’s Municipal Band concert will feature audience interaction

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Marshall Municipal Band will return to the east lawn of the Saline County Courthouse for another new concert in the band’s 96th season. The free concert will be held Thursday evening beginning at 7 p.m.

“While there is bench seating available, we encourage our patrons to bring their favorite lawn chair, arrive early and share an evening of great music with good friends,” says director Kevin Lines.

The concert will begin with the well-known John Philip Sousa march “El Capitan.” Sousa extracted the march from the operetta of the same name, which was written during the Sousa’s band 11-week residency at the famed Manhattan Beach. It will be followed by the overture “Gaelic Rhapsody” arranged by Elliot Del Borgo. This medley begins with “Londonderry Air” and includes “The Galway Pipers,” “The Irish Washerwoman” and “The Minstrel Boy.”

The band will musically take the listener back to a simpler time with Leroy Anderson’s “Horse and Buggy.” Another ‘simpler time’ selection is the band’s delightful arrangement of Meredith Willson’s musical “The Music Man.” This work includes three of the best-loved melodies from Willson’s musical, including “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Till There Was You” and “Seventy Six Trombones.”

The band’s next selection, “Die Wacht Am Rhein Marsch,” is by Franz von Blon who has been compared to John Philip Sousa. Like Sousa, von Blon began his career in the military as a musician. Additionally, both men composed several operettas, and other miscellaneous works, as well as some of the most stirring marches ever written. His marches, written primarily for concert performances, the same as Sousa’s, had a profound influence on other march writers of Germany and the world.

The band turns to the music of Clare Grundman with his “Kentucky 1800,” which is based on three American folk songs: “The Promised Land,” “Cindy” and “I’m Sad and I’m Lonely.” This rhapsodic tone poem is reminiscent of the years when the pioneers were forging westward.

Turning to the silver screen the band will perform “The Mansions of the Lord” from the 2002 Paramount motion picture “We Were Soldiers.” This work was performed at the conclusion of the President Ronald Reagan’s memorial service in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.

The audience will have the opportunity to perform with the band on Edwin Franko Goldman’s “Cheerio March.”

“This work has an infectious melody and we will invite the audience to sing and whistle along with the band,” says Lines.

The closing trilogy will begin with a band setting of the hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” by Randall D. Standridge. For their patriotic work, the band selected the Harold L. Walters work “Duty, Honor, Country,” which will feature MMB announcer Randy Shannon. The text was adapted from an address by General Douglas MacArthur at the U. S. Military Academy given on May 12, 1962.

The concert will conclude with the band’s signature march, “Uncle Sammy.”

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