Marshall Municipal Band preps for 2nd concert of season

Thursday, June 6, 2019

The Marshall Municipal Band will present their second concert of the season with a program of crowd favorites this Thursday evening at 7 p.m. on the east lawn of the Saline County Courthouse.

The concert will open with the John Philip Sousa march “El Capitan.”

“Sousa has always been known as the ‘march king’ but he was quite adept with other genres of music as well,” says MMB director Kevin Lines. “During a summer residency at Manhattan Beach with the Sousa band, he wrote the operetta ‘El Capitan.’ He extracted some of the melodies from that work to create one of his best-known marches.”

Other marches on the program include James Swearingen’s “March Jubilee” and K. L. King’s “Aces of the Air.”

“One of our most requested overtures is ‘Gaelic Rhapsody’ by Elliot Del Borgo,” Lines says. “This work includes four well-known Scottish melodies. They are, ‘Londonderry Air,’ ‘The Galway Pipers,’ ‘The Irish Washerwoman,’ and ‘The Minstrel Boy.’”

The band will feature a pair of highly expressive works with “Ashoken Farewell” and “As Summer Was Just Beginning.” Although a relatively recent composition, “Ashoken Farewell” was frequently quoted in the Ken Burns miniseries on the Civil War. The band will pair the work with a letter from a Union soldier penned to his wife just days before the first Battle of Bull Run.

“As Summer Was Just Beginning (Song for James Dean)” is loosely based on an old British Isles Folksong “The Winter it is past and the Summer’s here at Last.” Composer Larry Daehn selected this melody in respect for James Dean’s Quaker heritage that goes back to England, Ireland, and Scotland. With three movies in just 16 months, Dean’s meteoric rise to stardom was, sadly, cut short when he died after a car accident at the age of 24.

The music from the Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof” will be featured in the band’s next work.

This delightful John Warrington arrangement includes the title song “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Sabbath Prayer,” “Matchmaker,” and “To Life.”

The band’s sacred work is David Holsinger’s “On A Hymnsong of Philip Bliss.” A Harden native, Missouri born composer Holsinger is one of the most sought after composers of modern band music.

The band’s patriotic work is a true flag waver, “George M. Cohan Patriotic Fantasy.” This patriotic fantasy arranged by Walter Ehret and Paul Yoder includes two of Cohan’s best-loved works “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and “You’re A Grand Old Flag” as well as quotations of several other well-known patriotic selections.

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

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