Weekly concert to move indoors | MMB releases this week’s lineup

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

The Marshall Municipal Band will present its regular Thursday evening concert this week, however, the location for the concert has been moved.

“Because of the extreme heat, the concert has been moved inside to the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church,” Director Kevin Lines said. “We are grateful for the hospitality of the church to allow us to move the concert inside for the comfort of both audience and musicians alike.”

The church is located at 225 E. Arrow St., and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.

Thursday evening’s concert will feature three nationalistic marches by John Philip Sousa, H. L. Blankenburg and Kenneth J. Alford.

“These three composers epitomized the march style for their country,” Lines said. “Sousa was, of course, known for his American marches while Blankenburg was his German peer, as was Alford with his British march style. We think the audience will love hearing these three distinct marches.”

The band’s first overture is Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “English Folk Song Suite.” Written in 1923, this three-movement work is a staple in the band repertoire. The three movements are, “March-Seventeen come Sunday,” “Intermezzo-My Bonny Boy” and “March-Folk Songs From Somerset.”

The band’s second overture of the evening will be Robert Sheldon’s “Overture to a New Horizon.”

“The new horizon band movement provides entry points to music making for adults. It allows former musicians the opportunity to return to music making while also creating opportunities for adults to learn how to play instruments,” Lines said.

The music of Rodgers and Hammerstein will be featured in John Moss’s arrangement entitled “The Golden Age of Broadway.” This medley will include “Bali Ha’i” from “South Pacific;” the title selection from “Oklahoma;” “Getting to Know You,” from “The King and I;” “Carousel Waltz” from “Carousel;” and the work concludes with “Climb Ev’ry Mountain” from arguably their greatest collaboration “The Sound of Music.”

The band will return to the music of John Philip Sousa to being its closing trilogy. Sousa wrote “Songs of Grace and Songs of Glory” after he left the Marine Band to start his own band. For financial reasons, it was necessary for his band to perform on Sundays, but fearing backlash from the clergy, he wrote several pieces that were sacred in nature. “Songs of Grace and Songs of Glory” was performed for the funeral of President James A. Garfield.

The band’s patriotic work is the stirring “Battle Hymn of the Republic.” This piece was performed at the funerals of both Ronald Reagan and Winston Churchill.

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

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