Marshall Municipal Band to host cake, ice cream social

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

With the end of their 98th season quickly approaching, the Marshall Municipal Band would like to once again thank the community for their continued support through the years. This Thursday evening the band will host a free cake and ice cream social. Both this week’s concert and the social will be held in the Family Life Center of the First United Methodist Church located on 225 East Arrow. Serving of the cake and ice cream will begin at 6 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7 p.m.

The first overture of the evening is Clare Grundman’s “American Folk Rhapsody No. 3.” “Grundman actually composed four folk rhapsodies,” says Lines. “Each one highlights well-known folk songs and gives them a fresh, new treatment.”

Featured songs in this rhapsody include: “Colorado Trail,” “Get Along, Little Dogies,” “Careless Love,” and “Turkey in the Straw.”

The band will feature their Dixieland ensemble in Jared Spears “At A Dixieland Jazz Funeral.” This piece recreates a traditional Dixieland funeral. As if slowly making their way to the gravesite, the jazz combo, with band accompaniment, plays the mournful hymn “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.” But in a celebration of life, the music turns upbeat with a Dixieland treatment of the ever-popular “When The Saints Go Marchin’ In.”

“The cornerstone of any good band is the ability to accurately perform marches of all styles,” says Lines. “Tonight we will perform three marches representing the United States, Great Britain, and Italy.” The concert will include Julius Fucik’s “Florentiner March,” John Philip Sousa’s “Resumption March,” and Zo Elliot’s “British Eighth.”

The music of Broadway will be represented with a medley of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatest musical, “The Sound of Music.” Melodies in this work include the title song “The Sound Of Music,” plus “How Can Love Survive,” “The Lonely Goatherd,” “My Favorite Things,” “Sixteen, Going On Seventeen,” “So Long, Farewell,” “Do, Re, Mi,” “Edelweiss,” “An Ordinary Couple,” “No Way To Stop It,” “Maria,” and “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”

“We’ve gone deep into our archives to bring back a favorite sacred selection,” says Lines. “Alfred Reed’s ‘A Sacred Suite’ is built up from seven well-known melodies.”

Hymns included are “Sweet Hour Of Prayer,” “All Hail The Power Of Jesus’ Name,” “When I Survey The Wondrous Cross,” “Praise Him! Praise Him!” “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks,” “Onward Christian Soldiers,” and “Battle Hymn Of The Republic.”

The concert will conclude with the band’s patriotic work “America, The Beautiful” and the band’s signature march “Uncle Sammy.”

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