The Moore County Concert Band will present its annual Fourth of July concert titled "Made in America," Thursday, July 4th, at 2 p.m. in the downstairs exhibition hall of the Carolina Hotel.

Director David Seiberling has chosen music firmly rooted in American culture. This concert allows the opportunity to extend gratitude to all branches of the military for protecting the freedom to enjoy this culture. Bob Lowden has skillfully arranged a medley of the songs of each branch of service in the “Armed Forces Salute.” Members who have served in each will be invited to stand to be recognized.

“Our Merchant Marine March,”  by Earl W. Clark, is the theme of the Merchant Marines. They play a vital role by transporting cargo between nations as well as within the United States. They assisted in the Allied victory in World War II by moving needed war materials to the battlefronts of the Far East.  The Merchant Marines participated in landing operations in cooperation with the U.S. Marine Corps from Guadalcanal to Iwo Jima.

Jazz is an incredibly important part of American culture. It seeped into nearly every aspect of American culture throughout the 1920s. Helping to define jazz were band leaders Duke Ellington and Glenn Miller. “Duke Ellington in Concert,” arranged by Wayne Scott, includes several of Ellington’s recognizable tunes, as does Glenn Miller’s in “In the Miller Mood,” arranged by Warren Barker.

The musical “Annie Get Your Gun,” by Irvin Berlin, is a fictionalized version of the life of Annie Oakley, a sharpshooter who starred in “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West,” and her romance with sharpshooter Frank E. Butler. It was arranged for concert band by Erik Leidzen. 

Not only did John Philip Sousa write marches, but he also wrote an operetta, “El Capitan,” which ran for 112 performances on Broadway before going on tour in Canada and the U.S. for four years. After that, the operetta was produced numerous times internationally and remained popular for some years. The march “El Capitan” is composed of themes from the operetta.

“Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” was made famous by Glenn Miller and the Andrews Sisters during World War ll. It remained in first place for the most extended period ever for a war song in “Your Hit Parade.” Another World War II song, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” written by  Don Raye and Hughie Prince, was also a significant  hit for the Andrews Sisters. It is rated sixth as the best songs of the century. David Seiberling has arranged these two selections for the band and three members of a local group, The Well-Seasoned Singers. Singing in the style of the Andrews Sisters will be Mollie Wilson, Nancy Mendsen and Carolyn Hatcher. Chris Dunn, trumpet, will join them as the bugler for “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

The program will conclude with John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” with its famous piccolo obbligato played by Tish Hagler.  Sousa and his wife were returning home on an ocean liner when news arrived that his band manager had died. He began to compose the march  in his mind and after coming home, quickly wrote it down. It was finished on Christmas Day, 1896. He said it was about the feeling of seeing the Stars and Stripes upon returning home. The march is the national march of the United States.

The Moore County Concert Band is a volunteer organization of musicians of all ages. Members perform for the joy that music brings them and others. The band is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization supported by generous donations from its patrons.  Free concerts occur four times each year. Seating for the performance is first-come, first served basis. Therefore, saving seats for late arrivals is discouraged. Patrons should arrive early for best seat selection and parking space. The next concert will be on Nov. 10, 2019.

For more information, visit www.moorecountyband.org or call (910)692-7012.

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