Marshall Municipal Band preps for Thursday concert

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

After performing a special Fourth of July concert last week, the Marshall Municipal Band returns to the east lawn of the Saline County Courthouse for their regular Thursday evening concert. This week’s concert will begin at 7 p.m.

The concert will feature a trio of marches by Karl King, H. L. Blankenburg and John Philip Sousa.

“While these three composers were contemporaries, their compositional style is so uniquely different,” says MMB director Kevin Lines.

The band will perform a staple in the concert band repertoire with Ralph Vaughan Williams “English Folk Song Suite.” This three-movement work includes “Seventeen Come Sunday,” “My Bonny Boy” and “Folk Songs from Somerset.”

Always a crowd favorite, the trombone section will be featured in Henry Fillmore’s 1915 work “Lassus Trombone.”

“This type of trombone novelty become popular in the early part of the 20th century as a response to ragtime music,” says Lines. “Ragtime was the most popular type of music of the time and composers of band music scrambled to capture the flavor of this music.”

The Broadway musical, “The Music Man” was set in Iowa in 1912 and featured con artist Harold Hill who tried to convince the people of River City that they needed a boys’ band. This medley will feature “The Wells Fargo Wagon,” “Till There Was You” and “Seventy Six Trombones.”

The band’s closing trilogy will begin with Randall Standridge’s setting of the hymn “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.”

“This work was written in 2014 and was added to our library shortly thereafter. It has quickly become one of the band’s favorite hymn settings,” adds Lines.

The band’s patriotic work is “Duty, Honor, Country.” Written by Harold Walters, this work is paired with text extracted from General Douglas MacArthur’s speech that he gave at the U. S. Military Academy in 1962.

And as has been the long-standing tradition, the concert will conclude with Abe Holzmann’s march “Uncle Sammy.”

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