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Sounds of Stars and Stripes
Join the Sequim City Band in celebrating 100 years of Sequim as well as Independence Day at 3 p.m. on the Fourth of July at the James Center for the Performing Arts.
Come early to partake in other events in the park as part of the city’s centennial celebration and stake out a piece of the lawn, as this is the band’s most-attended concert.
The concert is free of charge.
Under the direction of Tyler Benedict, the band presents a rousing array of patriotic songs. The “National Emblem March“ by E.E. Bagley is a standard of the American march repertoire. “American Salute” by American composer, conductor and pianist Morton Gould, is based on the patriotic tune, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again.” Written in 1943, it was most likely a morale booster during World War II.
The bandmaster of the New Mexico Military Institute commissioned “Each Time You Tell Their Story,” written by Samuel Hazo in 2002. It honors the school as well as the cadets who sacrificed their lives for their country. The band performs Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” with an arrangement by band founder Chuck Swisher.
“Inchon” was written by Robert W. Smith to honor “the forgotten war” on the 50th anniversary of the Korean Conflict. The “Armed Forces Salute” is a Fourth of July standard where the band pays respects to community members who have served the country.
Two of John Philip Sousa’s most famous marches are on the program: “The Washington Post March,” arguably his most popular, earned him the title of “the March King”; and “The Liberty Bell March,” a piece associated with “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” has more respectably been performed at four of the past six presidential inaugurations.
The music for “America the Beautiful” was written by Samuel Ward and the lyrics by Katherine Bates. The concert concludes with Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
The Sequim City Band is an all-volunteer band. Visit www.sequimcityband.org.