Municipal band to take to courthouse lawn Thursday

Wednesday, June 2, 2004

The Marshall Municipal Band will take to the courthouse lawn Thursday evening for its second concert of the 2004 season.

Director Kevin Lines said the concert will begin with the traditional "The Star-Spangled Banner," followed by "Flourish for Wind Band" by Ralph Vaughn Williams and John Philip Sousa's "Hands Across the Sea." The Sousa piece, Lines said, "is yet another example of the fine march writing for which Sousa is remembered worldwide."

The band will also perform "Where the Blackhawk Soars" by Robert W. Smith, one of the most sought-after composers of band literature. The selection is one of Smith's earlier successes.

Befitting the area's title of "Little Dixie," the band will feature some of its members in a dixieland combo on "Dixieland Salute," which includes portions of two traditional favorites, "Down by the Riverside" and "When the Saints go Marching In."

The audience should enjoy the outdoor setting during James Barnes' "Yorkshire Ballad." "This simple melody is full of beautiful sonorities and sustained expressive playing," Lines said.

While the municipal band often performs American marches, this week's concert will include an example of another nationalistic number. "Old Comrades" by Carl Teike has been described as the epitome of German march style. "It has been many years since we last played this march and we are quite excited about adding it to our repertoire once again," Lines said.

Written by Arthur Fiedler for the Boston Pops Orchestra, "The Rakes of Mallow" is anything but mellow. "It starts out fast, and gets faster as the tempo accelerates to a fevered frenzy," Lines said. "Anderson was writing for the finest musicians in America and he never had to worry if anything was too hard."

"The Klaxon" by American composer Henry Fillmore is also on the concert bill.

The closing trilogy will include the spiritual selection "Assurance," composed by John Ness Beck. Beck combined two of the most famous sacred melodies, "Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine" and Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" in "Assurance."

The march selection for the trilogy will be "There's Something About a Soldier," including bugle calls soldiers would recognize during a typical day.

The performance will conclude, as always, with "Uncle Sammy."

Lines urged residents to remember the earlier start time for the concert, 7:30 p.m., on the east side of the courthouse lawn. The public is invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets.

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