Terre Haute Community Band
Summer Concerts in the Park
All Concerts 8pm
Visit THCB website for concert details
A concert especially for families.
Musical Selections include:
Children's March (Over the Hills and Far Away)
Olympia Hippodrome Alexander, Russell
Barnum & Bailey's Favorite King
Carnival of the Animals
Entry of the Gladiators
Circus Time (Descriptive Suite)
Over the Rainbow
Terre Haute Community Band
Press Release/Circus Days Concert:
It’s time to send in the clowns! ”Circus Days” is the concert event of the summer for children of all ages. Join the Terre Haute Community Band for an evening of fun and circus music, Saturday, June 23rd at Fairbanks Park. Teen volunteers from the Vigo County Public Library will be on hand to dish out some free popcorn and present the young members of the audience with a book and a clownish gift. The concert begins at 8:00 p.m. but the audience is encouraged to come early to get a good location, enjoy the popcorn and meet our Ringmaster! In the event of rain the concert will be held in the YMCA building within the Park grounds.
“Circus Time”, a suite for band, offers the Ringmaster, Terre Haute Community Band’s own David Brinson, the opportunity to ‘introduce’ the circus acts and you will meet the acrobats, trapeze artists, and clowns then hear the chariot races and grand finale. The “Carnival of the Animals” by Camille Saint-Saens provides the Royal March of the Lions, the Elephant, Fossils, and a Finale.
Have you ever heard a “screamer”? It may not be what you expect! Screamers are marches written especially to get the audience excited before the clowns and animals parade through the circus tent. They are also played much faster than military marches—as much as 130 to 160 beats per minute. Fred Jewell, an Indiana composer from Worthington, famous for writing circus marches, wrote “The Screamer”!
Karl King was a bandmaster for Barnum & Bailey’s Circus in 1917 and later organized and conducted the Fort Dodge, Iowa municipal band. King wrote “Barnum & Bailey’s Favorite” in 1913 when he was only 22 years old. In a 1980 international music survey, this march ranked fourth in the top 140 marches so it truly is a ‘favorite”.
“When You Wish Upon a Star” is from Walt Disney’s 1940 adaptation of the story of Pinocchio. It was sung in the movie by the character of Jiminy Cricket and has since become the representative song of the Walt Disney Company. At the time “The Wizard of Oz” was being filmed the producers gave composer Harold Arlen and lyricist E.Y. Harburg just two months to do the entire score for the film. Arlen wanted a melodic ballad to balance the lively “lemon drop” songs and “Over the Rainbow “was the result.
Yvonne Newlin, THCB Conductor gives grateful thanks to the Vigo County Public Library Teen Volunteers for helping with the evening’s activities and to the Friends of the Vigo County Public Library for the books that will be presented to the children in the audience. She also thanks the Wabash Valley Community Foundation for their grant which purchased new musicians chairs for the band and to Arts Illiana, and the City of Terre Haute for on-going financial support of the band. WFIU also provides media support for the band.