Terre Haute Community Band
Summer Concerts in the Park
All concerts begin at 8 pm Fairbanks Park
The Best Marches You Never Heard Of
Marches are a staple of all community bands and audiences expect to hear some of their favorite marches at each concert. But a whole concert of marches? The Terre Haute Community Band is throwing out a challenge with their last concert ”The Best Marches You Never Heard” on Saturday, August 18th at 8:00 pm in Fairbanks Park. The concert is free and there will be some end of summer prizes for lucky winners.
A number of these selections are marches that are included in other longer compositions. One example is the “March” which is the last movement from Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith. “Moorside March” is from “A Moorside Suite” by Gustav Holst whish was composed specifically for brass bands and remains popular in the brass band repertoire today.
“Knightsbridge March” is from “London Suite” by Eric Coates, an English composer of light music and songs. Several of his compositions including “Knightsbridge March” were used as themes for British television programs. The “March of the Belgian Paratroopers” was written by Belgian composer Peirre Leemans as the result of a request from a World War II paratrooper unit.
It’s hard to believe that any march by John Philip Sousa would not be familiar but “The National Game is one of his lesser known works. It was written in 1925 for the 50th anniversary of the National League. “Repasz Band” is a march written for the Repasz band in Williamsport PA. one of the oldest—it was organized in 1831--- community bands in continuous existence in the United States.
To keep the audience on their toes there will be one deviation from the total march theme with “Candide Suite”. “Candide “is an operetta with music composed by Leonard Bernstein, based on the novella of the same name by Voltaire.
The end of the concert season is also a time for heartfelt thanks to many people who have made it possible for the THCB to present free concerts in Fairbanks Park. The summer concert series is proudly presented by the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department. The band appreciates the grants received from the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, City of Terre Haute, Arts Illiana, a regional partner of the Indiana Arts Commission, and a media sponsorship with WFIU. For further information please contact the Terre Haute Community Band -at 812-535-6440 or its website www.terrehautecommunityband.org.