After being silenced by the pandemic in March 2020, the Moore County Concert Band, under the direction of David Seiberling, resumed rehearsals for a free July 4 outdoor concert, Sunday July 4 at 2 p.m. at the James W. Tufts Memorial Park, 1 Village Green, in Pinehurst.
“Listeners should bring a lawn chair to enjoy this touching and patriotic event,” a spokesperson said. “The residents of Pinehurst may have heard the entire socially estranged band rehearse in the large backyard of Dr. Barry Buchele’s home, Cedarcrest, in mid-May before the musicians could safely return to the gardens. indoor rehearsals at Sandhills Community College. ”
The program will consist of patriotic compositions by American composers, with the exception of one that listeners will easily recognize as the theme song of an iconic American fictional hero.
The concert will begin with Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”, written while in the military in 1918, as the finale of the musical “Yip, Yip, Yaphank”, a fundraiser for Camp Upton in Yaphank, NY. not included in the show and has been on hold for 20 years. Kate Smith performed a revised version of the song on Armistice Day in 1938.
The program features a unique arrangement of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, described by arranger, Jack E. Stamp, as “A Love Song to the Country”. Stamp has ties to North Carolina. He has been a conductor at John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington, past chair of the Fine Arts Division at Campbell University, conductor of the Duke University Wind Symphony, and musical director of the Triangle British Brass Band. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, Wisconsin.
“Washington Post March,” by John Philip Sousa, was written to celebrate the first awards given by the Washington Post Amateur Authors Association in 1889. Eleven students received medals, including eight women. In addition, a new dance called les deux pas has been adapted and identified with walking. Another march, “National Emblem”, by EE Bagley, will also be on the program.
“The Music Man”, a musical by Meredith Wilson, premiered on Broadway on December 19, 1957. It won five Tony Awards and Best Musical. It lasted 1375 performances. Wilson was inspired to compose the musical after writing his 1948 memoir, “And There I Stood With My Piccolo”. Wilson played in John Philip Sousa’s group from 1921-23 as a flautist. He then joined the New York Philharmonic from 1924 to 1929. He also served as a major during World War II. “The Music Man” will return to Broadway with premieres starting December 20, with opening night on February 10, 2022.
“Bugler’s Holiday,” written by Leroy Anderson, will feature the band’s trumpet section. Interestingly, Anderson earned a doctorate. in German and Scandinavian languages, but was fluent in Danish, Norwegian, Icelandic, German, French, Italian and Portuguese. After joining the Army in 1942, he was posted to Iceland with the US Counterintelligence Corps and reassigned in 1945 as head of the Scandinavian Military Intelligence Bureau. Anderson was recalled to service in Korea while serving as a reserve officer. In addition, the trombone section will be featured in “Lassus Trombone” by Henry Fillmore.
“Armed Forces Salute,” arranged by Bob Lowden, a mix that includes songs from all branches of the military, will recognize all veterans and active duty men and women in the audience.
The concert will end with “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa, with the distinctive piccolo obligato performed by Tish Hagler. Sousa began to compose the march in his mind as he returned from Europe after learning that his manager had passed away. He quickly wrote it down on paper when he got home and completed it on Christmas Day in 1896. The March is the national march of the United States.
The Moore County Concert Band is a voluntary organization of musicians of all ages who perform for the joy music brings them and others. The group is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization supported by generous donations from its patrons. As a rule, he gives four free concerts each year.