Sequim Gazette staff
Celebrate Independence Day with the Sequim City Band as it continues a holiday tradition.
Starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 4, the band puts on a free concert of rousing patriotic tunes at the James Center For the Performing Arts near Carrie Blake Park.
Tyler Benedict directs the all-volunteer group of musicians. Special guest narrator Paul Martin announces the pieces, providing background about the composers and their music.
Included in the program will be an audience sing-a-long entitled, “Sing For America,” plus the jaunty “Suite of Old American Dances,” a medley of Rodgers and Hammerstein, “The Golden Age of Broadway,” and “American Salute” by Morton Gould — which is based on the well-known tune, “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.” Also played will be “Silverado,” a fast and furious Western fanfare by Bruce Broughton.
In addition familiar toe-tapping marches such as John Philip Sousa’s “Fugue on Yankee Doodle” and his “Esprit De Corps” march are set, and — as is the band’s tradition — there will be the “Armed Forces Salute” to honor men and women in the audience and band who have served in U.S. armed forces.