MMB to perform 10th concert of season

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Marshall Municipal Band will again be on the east lawn of the Saline County Courthouse this Thursday evening for the 10th concert of its 97th season. The free concert will begin at 7 p.m.

The concert will begin with the stirring John Philip Sousa March, “The Corcoran Cadets.” Sousa wrote this march in 1890 for the cadet drill team of Washington, D. C., and their philanthropic supporter W. W. Corcoran.

From classic Sousa, to a band classic by the British composer Gustav Holst and his “Second Suite in F for Military Band.”

“This is absolutely a cornerstone of the modern band repertoire,” says director Kevin Lines. “The writing of Holst has been influential on all composers who have followed and this work demonstrates some of his finest writing.”

MMB announcer Randy Shannon will be featured in the band’s next selection, “Ashoken Farewell.” Shannon will read a poignant letter written by a Civil War soldier to his wife before the Battle of Bull Run.

“There is an interesting story to go with the piece,” begins Lines. “Jay Unger is a living, folk music composer who, along with his wife, was running the Ashoken Camp, which was a summer arts school specializing in fiddle and dancing at the Ashoken Field Campus of SUNY New Paltz. As the end of the camp was drawing near, he was struck with sadness that their time together was ending and they would have to return to their everyday lives. To mark the event, he composed this work.”

The following year, Unger recorded the work. Filmmaker Ken Burns heard it as he was completing his preparations for his upcoming documentary on the Civil War. After contacting Unger for permission, Burns used the work prominently throughout his 11 hour-long mini-series.

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 concert will conclude with their sacred work “Gathering Places” by Pierre La Plante and the patriotic work “Centennial” by Melvin Shelton.

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