GCB: Spring 2013 season

The band has a full season of concerts this Spring. Beginning the last weekend in April, we will perform joint concerts with the LDS Sugar Hill choir in Sugar Hill (see list of concerts).  We will also perform this concert for the Lilburn area on the first Sunday in May.  The pieces that we will be performing with the choir are American Songbook, American Celebration, I Hear America Singing, and Armed Forces Salute which is a salute to each branch of the Armed Forces.  The band will also feature the following pieces.

On the Mall, Edwin Franko Goldman’s most popular march, was composed in 1923 for the dedication of the splendid new bandstand in New York City’s Central Park, where the famous Goldman Band had given its summer concerts for many years.  The march derives its name from the Park’s spacious Mall or Promenade, where the bandstand is located, and where thousands of New Yorkers gathered to stroll or listen to the strains of melodious music.  The audience will be invited to join in singing the trio section of the music (using La, La, La) and then on the repeat of this section after the break strain, to whistle.

 The powerful march from the movie Patton gets a new treatment by arranger Ralph Ford.  Commanding and bold, this Jerry Goldsmith film score theme remains a favorite across generations.

The Patriot, a blockbuster movie about the American Revolution, features a powerful score by John Williams.  From fife and drum segments to a poignant Appalachian melody to dramatic orchestral strains, this music is beautifully adapted for concert band by John Moss.

The glamour and glitz of Hollywood’s golden years come alive in the stunning medley, Hooray for Hollywood!  This medley features Tara’s Theme, 42nd Street, Born Free, Merrily We Roll Along, The High and Mighty, Theme From a Summer Place, Suwanee, Days of Wine and Roses.  Theme from Lawrence of Arabia, As Time Goes by, and Hooray for Hollywood.  It’s classic movie music at its best!

Stars and Stripes Forever is arguably the most famous march in the world and it is certainly one of the best!  It is recognized by the United States government as the official march of the United States.   It has become a tradition for the band to end its concerts with this famous march.

The band is also working on pieces which will be performed at the other concerts in the Spring and Summer.  These include Crooner’s Serenade, The Blues Brothers Revue, El Cumbanchero, Instant Concert, A Trumpeter’s Lullaby, Shenandoah, and Battle Hymn of the Republic.

 

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