July 4, 2014

This material covers the 5th concert – Friday, July 4th, 2014, 8:30p – 9:30p

Site: Medina’s Uptown Park Square (intersections of Rtes. 18, 42, Broadway and Liberty Street). We have been notified by the Mayor of Medina that there is to be no concert parking behind Marie's Cafe, Lager & Vine Gastro Pub & Wine Bar, or 4 Ladies & More Consignment Boutique. This includes lot between Lager and Vine and Four Ladies and more. The owner has posted it as private lot and tow away zone and cars will be towed.

Cancellation of concerts due to the weather will be posted on the website!

MEDINA:  Medina Community Band will continue with the 2014 summer season, a celebration of 155 years of presenting community concerts in Medina, on Friday, July 4th, 2014, at 8:30p, in Medina’s Uptown Park Square Gazebo.  

The Medina Community Band is under the baton of conductor Marcus Neiman, celebrating his 42th summer concert series, with associate conductors Frank Cosenza, Edward Lichtenberg and Thomas Walker. The approximately 60 minute concert will feature works by Rossini, Silvestri, Gable, Holzmann, Gershwin, Spears, Williams, Fillmore, Lowden, Bates, Dragon, Berlin, and Sousa.  Medina Community Band is sponsored by the Medina Community Band Association, a standing committee of the Medina Breakfast Kiwanis Club.  

Featured gueat vocal soloist will be Denise Milner Howell; guest instrumental soloists Sue McLaughlin and Amy Muhl; and, guest conductor Ron Foster, as Medina Hospital Foundation “Maestro for a Night.”  A special Dixieland ensemble composed of Vicki Smith, clarinet; LuAnn Gresh, trumpet; Lee Harper, trombone; and, Kyle Snyder, tuba will be featured as well.

Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives, the Honorable William G. Batchelder, will again appear as special guest speaker for the program.

The ice cream social for the evening will be presented by the Medina Breakfast Kiwanis Club.

Marcus L. Neiman, conductor of Medina Community Band, and retired fine arts consultant and director of fine arts tours from the Medina County Schools Educational Service Center has been awarded the “2014 Excellence in Education Leadership Award” by Leadership Medina County.  Neiman is currently an assistant professor of music education at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music of Kent State University, a post he has held since 2010.  He is joined by Charles E. Hawley (Excellence in Medina County Leadership); Bill Franz (Excellence in Business Leadership); Beverly Fyffe Kreiner (Excellence in Health Care Leadership); and, Linda Hoffman (Excellence in Public Service Leadership).

According to Colleen Rice, executive director for Leadership Medina County, the “Excellence in Education Leadership” award is given to an individual who presently and actively meets one or more of the following:

  • Advances and promotes the general principles of education in Medina County

  • Addresses the educational challenges that face education in Medina County

  • Engages in educational program development within Medina County

  • Promotes collaboration between education and local business, civic organizations, or the citizens of Medina County

  • Promotes career or job-oriented education within Medina County

  • Exhibits passion for the positive advancement of the children who live in Medina County

  • Educates, teaches to advance the principles of leadership to students.

Past recipients of the Medina County Leadership “Excellence in Education Leadership” have been: James Boyes, superintendent, Medina County Schools Educational Service Center (2004); Linda Bowers, superintendent, Medina County Career Center (2006); Dale Fortner, superintendent, Wadsworth City Schools (2008); James Hayas, superintendent, Brunswick City Schools (2010); and, William Koran, superintendent, Medina County Schools Educational Service Center (2012).

Neiman was a founding trustee and past president of both the Medina County Arts Council and Medina County Performing Arts Foundation; past member of Medina Noon Kiwanis Club; and served on the City of Medina Uptown Park Committee.  He has served as music director for past productions of both Medina Show Biz Company and Brunswick Entertainment Company; as well as being a founding committee member for Medina Under the Stars bringing various United States service bands to Medina as well as the Ohio Ballet to Medina’s Uptown Park Square.  He was a member of the class of ’94 Leadership Medina County and has been conductor of Medina Community Band since the fall of 1972.

Featured Guest Speaker

Speaker of the Ohio House William G. Batchelder (pictured at left) returned to the Ohio House of Representatives in 2007, having previously served in the Ohio House for 30 years. He currently is serving his fourth consecutive term and was re-elected by his colleagues to serve a second term as House Speaker during the 130th General Assembly. Speaker Batchelder is the second longest serving Representative in the Ohio House.

Speaker Batchelder graduated from Medina High School in 1960. He later received a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1964, as well as a Juris Doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1967.

Speaker Batchelder has established a long career in practicing and teaching law. He spent 31 years of his professional career at the Williams and Batchelder Law Firm in Medina, Ohio, while serving as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Akron Law School and as an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University Levin College of Urban Affairs. Additionally, Speaker Batchelder has served as a judge for the Medina County Common Pleas Court, a judge on the Ninth District Court of Appeals from 1999 to 2005, and as a presiding judge on the same court of appeals from 2000 to 2001.

During his tenure at the Ohio House, Speaker Batchelder has been recognized numerous times with the Watchdog of the Treasury Award. He also received the 4-H Meritorious Service Award and the Friends of 4-H award.

The Ohio State Volunteer Firefighters Association recognized his service to Ohio Firefighters throughout his career. For outstanding contributions to the wise use and management of the nation’s natural resources, Speaker Batchelder received the Conservation Legislators Award from the League of Ohio Sportsmen and the National Wildlife Federation.

Speaker Batchelder is a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau, Medina County Township Association and the Grange. He is also a Lifetime Member of Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion and Amvets. Representative Batchelder currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the Masonic Learning Center for Children, an organization that treats children with dyslexia. He is also an active participant in the Scanlon Inn of Court, serves as a Trustee for Buckeye Boy’s State, and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs.

Speaker Batchelder represents the 69th House District, which includes portions of Medina County. He currently resides in Medina with his wife, Alice. They have two children and four grandchildren.

Featured Guest Conductor

Ron Foster
(at left) is the 2014 Medina Hospital Foundation recipient of the “Maestro for a Night.”  Born in Ironton (OH), he was a tuba player in high school and member of the Ironton High School Tigers Marching Band, Concert Band, and Dance Band.  He was a business major at The Ohio State University, attended Baldwin Wallace College, and has been a resident of Medina County for 34 years.

Ron is a retired regional sales manager for Gems Sensors Division of Danaher Corporation and currently an accounts manager for Ohio Brake & Clutch Corporation, an industrial distributor of Motion Control Products.  He is an active member of First Christian Church and a long-time supporter of Medina Community Band.  Ron is a widower and currently resides in Medina.

He will conduct John Philip Sousa’s march The Washington Post.

Guest Soloists

Amy Muhl, flute soloist, (pictured at left) originally from Lyme, Connecticut, moved to Ohio to study music education at Oberlin Conservatory in 1991.  She graduated in 1995 and taught orchestra for two years at Willard City Schools.  Amy received her Masters of Music Education from Kent State University on a scholarship, in 1998.  She then taught instrumental music at Buckeye High School, in Medina (OH) and in the fall of 1999, became the elementary band teacher for Buckeye Local Schools.  In the fall of 2001, she began teaching elementary instrumental music at Central Intermediate School in Wadsworth.  Amy also plays flute/piccolo and piano and teaches private lessons, in addition to being a member of Medina Community Band and Sounds of Sousa Band.  Amy resides in Wadsworth with her husband Frank, and two children Kenneth and Eva.

Sue McLaughlin, flute soloist, (pictured at right) has been a member of the Medina Community Band since 1994 and is a former student of Deidre McGuire.  While in school, she was a member of the band, orchestra and jazz band, playing clarinet and saxophone.  In addition to playing flute and piccolo in the Medina Community Band, Sue has also performed with Marcus Neiman & The Sounds of Sousa Band, Symphony West Orchestra, and several area churches.  She works at Southwest General Health Center Emergency Department in Brunswick.  Sue lives in Medina with her two cats, Truffles and Kokopelli.

Denise Milner Howell, mezzo-soprano, (pictured at left) is equally at home on the opera, musical theatre or concert stage.  Her solo engagements include performances with Opera Cleveland, Chautauqua Opera, Opera Per Tutti, Red {an orchestra}, Akron Lyric Opera Theatre, Tanglewood Festival, Akron Symphony Orchestra, Carousel Dinner Theatre, Sounds of Sousa Band, and Buffalo Philharmonic.  Additionally, Ms. Howell is a founding member of the vocal chamber music ensemble “Red Campion”, performing concerts and offering outreach into schools.  She can be heard in a CD release on the North/South recording label singing “Sappho Songs”, composed by Ira-Paul Schwarz.   

In addition to performing, Ms. Howell is an active voice teacher.  She currently teaches at Ashland University, and has served on the voice faculties of the University of Akron School of Music, and the State University of New York College at Fredonia.  Ms. Howell earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in music education from Long Island University/CW Post College, and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from New England Conservatory of Music.  She lives in Sharon Township, Ohio with her husband, Gregg, their two sons, Miles and Wesley, and daughter, Eleanor.

Our Conductors

Marcus L. Neiman has been conductor of Medina Community Band since the fall of 1972 and has served as conductor of the ensemble longer than any previous conductor in the ensemble’s history.  He retired from posts held with the Medina County Schools Educational Service Center in 2010 (1980 through 2000 as fine arts consultant and 2000 through 2010 as director of fine arts tours and festivals). He was formerly director of bands at Medina High School (1972 through 1980).

He attended the Akron Public Schools, received his bachelor of science in music education degree from The University of Akron, master of music in music education degree from The University of Michigan, postgraduate hours at The Kent State University, and The University of Akron.

He was appointed as the interim assistant director of bands and administrator for the division of bands at the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music at Kent State University in May of 2010 and held that position through May of 2011. Currently, he teaches their “Music Teaching as a Profession”  and “Instrumental Methods for Choral and General Music Majors” courses, supervises music education student teachers, and assists with outreach and recruiting.  In addition, he has chaired the Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) district six junior high-middle school large group adjudicated event for the 2013 and 2014 seasons at Kent State.

Prior to his arrival at Kent State University, Neiman was a part-time lecturer for the music department at Case Western Reserve University with major responsibilities of teaching their “Foundations of Music Education” course and supervising music education student teachers from April 2004 through May of 2010.  He also supervised visual arts education student teachers for The University of Akron.

Neiman has served OMEA as a member of the governmental relations and adjudicated events committees, district president, vice-president, state chair for Music In Our Schools and public relations, state editor of their professional journal TRIAD, and state chair for their council of supervisors.  He was elected by OMEAs membership to serve as state president from July 1, 1998 through July 1, 2000, and is currently OMEAs state historian.  He was awarded OMEAs highest honor, the “Distinguished Service Award” on January 29th, 2010 at the Professional Development Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Neiman has been published in Music Educators National Conference journal MEJ, The Instrumentalist, The School Musician, The Music Educator, OMEAs TRIAD, FANFARE magazine, and Bands of America Newsletter.  His first book, edited for MENC, entitled Life in the Music Classroom, was published by MENC in April 1992.  He is listed in Marquis “Who’s Who in America (58th Edition).

Neiman has appeared with junior high/middle and high school, college and university, community bands, and American Federation of Musicians union professional bands as a guest conductor and in his characterization of famed bandmaster John Philip Sousa in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, (state of) Washington, and Wisconsin.  On October 15, 2004, Neiman conducted the Volga Concert Band in Saratov, Russia in a Sousa-style concert following a week’s residence in Moscow and Saratov.  In addition to conducting the Medina Community Band (since 1972), he formed his own professional touring band -- The Sounds of Sousa Band -- (in 1992) to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the formation of Sousa's first non-military band.  To this date he has performed for over 200,000 people in the role of Sousa.  

Neiman’s goal has always been to preserve the presence and character of the traditional “town-band.”  There are no auditions, membership dues or fees, or chair placements in the ensemble.  Membership is open to adults who desire to continue their growth as instrumentalists.  In addition, Neiman has encouraged composers to write for the band.  Over the years the band has commissioned works by Douglas Court, Robert Feldbush, Stuart Ling, Edmund J. Siennicki, Tadd Russo, and David Shaffer.

Neiman is a member of numerous professional organizations including the National Association for Music Education and Ohio Music Education Association, National Band Association, Ohio Alliance for Arts Education and Ohio Citizens for the Arts. Neiman is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi (University of Michigan Nu chapter, and honorary Beta Pi at Kent State University).  He is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa (national leadership society – The University of Akron (Theta Circle).

He and his wife Mary Ann, who is a professional clarinetist and program administrator - preparatory and continuing education department for the Cleveland Institute of Music, reside in Medina with their two cats Sasha and Dmitri. 

Frank T. Cosenza, assistant conductor, (right) received a bachelor of music degree from Bowling Green State University and a master of music degree from The University of Akron.  He is a veteran band director of 32 years experience and retired from the West Geauga Local Schools where he was a four-time recipient of the Excellence in Education Award.   He was called from retirement to serve as interim director of Athletic Bands/Concert Band at Kent State University Hugh A. Glauser School of Music for the 2012-2013 academic year where the Marching Golden Flashes performed in the MAC Conference Championship and the Go Daddy.com Bowl. His groups have performed at Severance Hall for the Northeast Ohio Wind Band Invitational, the Ohio Music Education Association State Conference,  the American School Band Directors Association State Conference, Lincoln Center in New York City, and the Ohio School Boards Association Conference.  Additionally, his groups have performed at the University of Akron Band Clinic, Hiram College, Cleveland Browns halftime, the Cleveland Indians and performances in Florida, Michigan, Georgia and Canada. Concert bands under his direction have received consistent superior ratings at large group contests.  He has served on the Content Validation Panel for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards and has been on the staff of American Music Abroad taking student musicians to Europe and performing in numerous countries.  Mr. Cosenza is an elected member of Phi Beta Mu- International Bandmasters Fraternity and the American School Band Director’s Association. As a member of the Ohio Music Education Association, he has served as state treasurer/trustee, district president, member of music selection committees, contest chairman and current adjudicator for large group and solo & ensemble events.  He has served as a clinician in Nevada and throughout Ohio and is currently an assistant director of the All-Ohio State Fair Band.  Mr. Cosenza is co-principal trumpet with the W.D. Packard Concert Band and Big Band Sound of Warren, and has played with many artists including Frankie Avalon, The Manhattan Transfer, Wayne Newton, Johnny Mathis, Holiday On Ice, and the Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus.  He is a Conn-Selmer artist and maintains a private brass studio.

Edward Lichtenberg, assistant conductor, (at left), Ed retired in 1998 as assistant superintendent for Midview Schools in Lorain County after 32 years in education.  Before becoming assistant superintendent, Ed was a middle school administrator and director of bands at Midview, where his concert bands consistently earned superior ratings in OMEA Class “A.”  Prior to working 30 years for Midview, Ed was director of instrumental music at Linden McKinley High School in Columbus.

Ed has been a member of the Medina Community Band since 1993.  He was also active as an Ohio Music Education Association and as a staff member for the Ashland University Adult Music Camp.   Ed has performed on clarinet or saxophone with Sounds of Sousa Band, the Lorain Pops Orchestra, the Doc McDonald Orchestra, the Tommy Dorsey Band, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and many small groups.  He has also conducted concert bands throughout Europe for American Music Abroad.

Ed is a graduate of The Ohio State University and Kent State University, and has done post-graduate work at Ashland University, Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, and Kent State University.  He studied clarinet with Oliver Shubert, George Waln, Robert Marcellus, and Donald McGinnis.

Ed has been married to his wife, Judy, for 45 years.  Judy was supervisor of gifted education for Medina City Schools and retired in 2000.  Their children, Rob and Beth (Burdick), are also active in music.  Rob, a systems engineer for Level-3, has performed on trombone with the Medina Community Band and the Sounds of Sousa Band.  Beth, a coordinator of gifted education for the Strongsville City Schools and North Royalton City Schools, has performed on flute with the Medina Community Band.  Beth’s husband, Christopher, is assistant director of bands for North Royalton schools and has performed on trumpet with the Medina Community Band, the Sounds of Sousa Band, and many small brass ensembles.  

Thomas L. Walker, assistant conductor, is currently retired from teaching instrumental music in Arkansas where he taught for 37 years.  He graduated from Marked Tree High School and later attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, AR where he received his bachelor of music education, master of music education, and specialist in community college teaching.  He is currently working on his doctorate at ASU. Thomas also was a member of the Arkansas Army National Guard for 37 years.  He spent his career in the Guard as a Field Wireman, Combat Engineer, Musician, First Sergeant, and Battalion Command Sergeant Major. Thomas is now living in Akron, OH with his wife, Rhonda Gail Davis.

Medina Community Band

The Medina Community Band traces its beginnings back to 1859, when a group of local residents got together (some with formal training - others without) to perform music for the community.  That first "community band" was called The Medina Silver Cornet Band, probably since the instruments the musicians used were primarily "silver" cornets or percussion. Then, as now, the band performed on the public square.  Medina's uptown park was set aside in 1817 and cleared in 1819.  During the next two decades, the park was used as a parade ground for local militia and for town celebrations.  In the 1840s, the square was enclosed with a white picket fence to keep cattle being driven to market off the square.

During the 155-years that the band has been in existence there have been 20 directors. Marcus Neiman serving the longest in that role.  The band probably existed at the pleasure of the square's business community, who often funded the season and encouraged patrons to attend the concerts.  The performance night has changed over the years, in most cases at the urging of the business community, and season concerts have been given on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.  Friday evenings have been the day of choice since the 1950s (or before).

It should be stated that the Medina Community Band was only one of many bands in Medina Community.  Almost every town had its own band, and a just a few to mention were the Litchfield, Lodi, Seville, Spencer, and Wadsworth bands.  There were also school bands (from both the city and county districts) and even a Boy Scout band (in Westfield Center).  The Medina Community Band’s name evolved over the years as the Medina Silver Cornet Band, Medina Band, Grand Army of the Republic Band, Knights of Pythias Band, and now the Medina Community Band.

The size of the band varied from 15 to 20 musicians through the end of last century, into the 50 and 60s through the 1940-1960s, and now boasts almost 100 members on its personnel roster.  It should be understood that the "band" did not always perform in the Gazebo.  During those early years, the band played on various corners of the square.  There was for a few years a band stand, which was destroyed by fire.  The "bandstand" on the north side of the square was large enough to seat a 100 piece band (somewhat tightly, but would accommodate that size group), which the current Gazebo will only allow 30 to 35 players.  The band itself determines "who will play" based on attendance at practice or business and vacation schedules.

It is interesting to note that members of the band travel from all parts of Northeastern Ohio to play with the group.  Entire families (from grandparents to grandchildren are members of the band and it is most common to find husbands and wives, or parents and children playing in the group.  The Medina Community Band's membership is open and there are no dues or auditions; however, members are expected to maintain a regular attendance.  The band rehearses on Wednesday evenings September through July, providing three to four concerts during the fall, winter, and spring months both at home and on the road.  The band also presents an 8 to 10 concert summer season in Medina's Uptown Park Gazebo.

Medina Community Band is sponsored by the Medina Community Band Association composed of members of The Medina Kiwanis Breakfast Club. Membership in Medina Community Band is open and there are no dues or auditions; however, members are expected to maintain a regular attendance.  The band rehearses on Wednesday evening from 7p until 9p in the band room of Highland High School (4150 Ridge Road, Medina) September through May; and, in the choral room of Medina High School (777 East Union Street, Medina) June through July. The band provides three to four concerts during the fall, winter, and spring months both at home and on the road.  The band also presents their popular summer series every Friday, June through July, in Medina's Uptown Park Gazebo.  Each year the band presents at a winter concert, annual "Sousa Style Concert," and the popular "Sousa Concert" at EHOVE Career Center (Milan, OH). For additional information on the 2013-14 concert season or Medina Community Band, contact Neiman at 330.725.8198 or MarcusNeiman@medinacommunityband.org.

Program Notes

http://www.globetrot.us/stulinks/3StuLinks/8nation/Francis_Scott_Key.jpgStar Spangled Banner (John Stafford Smith arranged by John Philip Sousa) uses lyrics from a poem written in 1914 by Francis Scott Key – pictured at right, a then 35-year-old amateur poet, after seeing the bombardment of Fort McHenry at Baltimore, Maryland, by Royal Navy ships in Chesapeake Bay during the War of 1812.

The poem was set to the tune of a popular British drinking song, written by John Stafford Smith for the Anacreontic Society, a London social club.  Set to Key’s poem and renamed “The Star-Spangled Banner,” it would soon become a well-known American patriotic song.  It was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889 and the President in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931 (46 Stat. 1508, codified at 36 U.S.C. § 301), which was signed by President Herbert Hoover.

Before 1931, other songs served as the hymns of American officialdom. Most prominent among them was “Hail, Columbia” which served as the de facto national anthem from Washington’s time and through the 18th and 19th centuries.  Following the War of 1812 and subsequent American wars, other songs would emerge to compete for popularity at public events, among them “The Star Spangled Banner.”

Gioachino Rossini (pictured at left) was the son of a trumpet player. He studied in Balogna and spent most of his creative life in Venice and Milan. He composed operas, religious, choral, orchestral, and band works. Several of his operas are staples of the repertoire.

He composed at a terrific speed, completing 38 operas in 23 years. He suddenly and mysteriously quit writing operas at the age of 37 and spent 10 years completing his Stabat Mater. He ultimately settled in Paris and was the witty leader of the artistic world until his death. He was highly regarded as a cook and his dinner parties were renowned. He invented a number of recipes including Tournedos Rossini, a perennial favorite.

While it has been said that Rossini wrote only to please the public, his William Tell proves that he could write for posterity, because the reforms which he inaugurated in this opera led directly to the school adopted by Verdi, Boito, Leoncavallo, Mascagni and other modern composers.  William Tell was first produced at Paris in 1829.  The libretto is founded on a French translation of Schiller’s famous drama of the same title.  

The action includes the famous incident of the cruel tyrant Gessler who condemns Tell to shoot an apple from the head of his little son to punish Tell for insubordination.  Later, as he is to be imprisoned, he escapes from his captors during a terrific storm.  Hiding in the mountains, the patriot succeeds in shooting Gessler as he passes far below, and is hailed by the Swiss people as their liberator.

The overture, which the band will play only the Finale, is among the best of its kind and is one of the most popular in the entire range of orchestral literature.  The material employed depicts the mood and atmosphere of the Tell legend but bears no relation, thematically, to the story of the opera itself.  The overture consists of four definite sections:  the serene prelude, depicting a peaceful mountain scene (the orchestra version originally scored for five cellos); the tempestuous episode, foreshadowing the storm scene in the opera; the pastoral with its “Ranz desa Vaches,” the neatherds signing bits of song between blasts on their horns, as they assemble the grazing cattle (this for English horn and flute); the brilliant finale with its military march and spirited melodies which carry the listener to a convincing climax.

Alan Silvestri 2009.jpgAlan Anthony Silvestri (born March 26, 1950 and pictured at left) is an American composer and conductor who works primarily in film and television. He is best known for his frequent collaboration with director Robert Zemeckis, including composing major hit films such as the Back to the Future trilogy and Forrest Gump, as well as the superhero films Captain America: The First Avenger and Marvel's The Avengers.

We first must keep in mind that Captain America is a fictional character (really!).  Yet, Captain America really is a superhero who appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (cover-dated March 1941) from Marvel Comics' 1940s predecessor, Timely Comics, and was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. As of 2007, an estimated 210 million copies of "Captain America" comic books had been sold in 75 countries. For nearly all of the character's publication history, Captain America has been the alter ego of Steve Rogers, a frail young man who was enhanced to the peak of human perfection by an experimental serum, in order to aid the United States government's imminent efforts in World War II. Captain America wears a costume that bears an American flag motif, and is armed with a nearly indestructible shield that can be used for defense and can also be thrown as a weapon.

An intentionally patriotic creation who was often depicted fighting the Axis powers of World War II, Captain America was Timely Comics' most popular character during the 1940s wartime period. After the war ended, the character's popularity waned and the comic had been discontinued by 1950 aside from an ill-fated 1953 revival. Captain America was re-introduced by Marvel Comics during the Silver Age of comics, as an M.I.A soldier retrieved from an iceberg and awakened from suspended animation by the superhero team the Avengers in The Avengers #4 (March 1964). Since then, Captain America has often led the team, as well as starring in his own series.

Silvestri’s music is heroic beyond belief.  The bandstration was tastefully done by Michael Brown.

gaebleKurt Gäble was born on January 5, 1953 (pictured at right). In Augsburg he studied music, fine arts and pedagogic sciences. He developed his talents as composer and arranger as an autodidact and as an expert in matters of the wind band. He gained recognition as a composer when his piece “Der Komet” (“The Comet”) was awarded a prize at a composers’ competition that was organized by the Bayerischer Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation) in cooperation with the Bayerischer Musikrat (Bavarian Council on Music). In 1992 his composition “Zeitenwende” (“Time of Change”) won a first prize at the national competition of the Kulturstiftung Schwaben (Cultural Foundation of Swabia). That far numerous commissioned works and contemporary arrangements round out his output as a composer. Currently Kurt Gäble is chiefly known to the band community for his contemporary, modern arrangements and compositions.

The flute is an instrument of historic bearing, as it is known in almost all cultures on earth. Some rulers considered the sound to be too erotic and immoral, and therefore prohibited to play it. Today, the flute has become one of the most popular instruments. The ancient Celts originally settled in southern Germany. They used this instrument to accompany their religious rites and in many of their ceremonies. Dances of Celtic-Irish nature presently undergo a true revival. Celtic Flutes was composed as solo for two flutes and symphonic wind band. Keeping with the style, the piece uses authentic material of the composer in the dramaturgy of human life, as love and suffering, joy and hope constitute the thematic elements of this work. (from the composer’s website)

Abraham Holzmann was born in New York City in August of 1874. He studied at the New York Conservatory of Music and later became a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). He earned his livelihood as a composer/arranger for Tin Pan Alley publishers, including Leo Feist. He later was the advertising manager for the American Federation of Musicians publication, International Musician. He was a Mason, a member of the Elks, and Knights of Pythias, all in New York. He died in East Orange, New Jersey in January 1939 and was survived by a widow, daughter, three half-brothers, and four sisters.

Jens Bodewalt Lampe was born into the large and musical family of Christian and Dorothea Lampe in Ribe, Denmark, in 1869. A cobbler by trade, his father played tuba and bass violin in the summers with the band at the Tivoli Theater in Copenhagen, and several members of the family became well-known musicians. In 1873, when J.B. (as he was later called) was four, his father accepted an offer to direct the Great Western Band in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the family moved to America. J.B.’s major instruments were violin, piano, and trombone and he learned the fundamentals of several other instruments. By 1881, there were ten children in the Lampe family and at age 12 J.B. had to leave school to help his parents at home. He played in the violin section of what was to become the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (which was pioneered by his father and uncle – Emil Oberhoffer). He left the orchestra to begin a career as a conductor and began directing his own group at local hotels and at Lake Minnetonka during the summer season. Lampe composed and arranged a large amount of music; one of his many pen names was Ribe Danmark (reference to his birthplace). He was a charter member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers).

Spirit of Independence  (military march two-step) was published in 1912 by the Jerome H. Remick & Company (New York City, NY) and arranged by J. Bodewalt Lampe. The march is respectfully dedicated to Mr. J. Bodewalt Lampe.

George Gershwin (at left) was essentially self-taught; he was first a song plugger in Tin Pan Alley and an accompanist. In his teens he began to compose popular songs and produced a succession of musicals from 1919 to 1933 (Lady, be Good!, 1924; Oh, Kay!, 1926; Strike up the Band, 1927; Funny Face, 1927; Girl Crazy, 1930); the lyrics were generally by his brother Ira (1896 1983).

‘S Wonderful  is a popular song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics written by Ira Gershwin.  It was introduced in the Broadway musical Funny Face (1927) by Adele Astaire and Allen Kearns. The song was included in the 1951 musical An American in Paris where it was sung by Gene Kelly, as well as in the 1957 American musical film Funny Face, in which it was performed by Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.  

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Irving Berlin: Songs of America.  Irving Berlin (pictured at right) Israel Baline, the son of a Jewish cantor, immigrated to the United States from Russia with his family in 1893. Here, he spent his early years in great poverty. In 1904, he worked as a singing waiter in Chinatown and Bowery cabarets of New York City. After a printer erroneously printed his name "Irving Berlin" on a piece of music, he chose that name for his own. In 1911, he achieved success pioneering ragtime with Alexander's Ragtime Band (originally titled Alexander and his Clarinet) and Everybody's Doin' It.

James Swearingen’s arrangement includes: This is the Army, Mister Jones; Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor; This is a Great Country; and, God Bless America.

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/natlib/ihas/service/sousa/200031390/ver01/0001r.jpgThe Washington Post . John Philip Sousa (pictured at left in 1890). During the 1880’s, several Washington, DC, newspapers competed vigorously for public favor.  One of those, the Washington Post, organized what was known as the Washington Post Amateur Authors’ Association and sponsored an essay contest for school children.  Frank Hatton and Beriah Wilkins, owners of the newspaper, asked Sousa, then leader of the Marine Band, to compose a march for the award ceremony.

The ceremony was held on the Smithsonian grounds on June 15, 1889.  President Harrison and other dignitaries were among the huge crowd.  When the new march was played by Sousa and the Marine Band, it was enthusiastically received, and within days it became exceptionally popular in Washington.

The march happened to be admirably suited to the two-step dance, which was just being introduced.  A dancemaster’s organization adopted it at their yearly convention, and soon the march was vaulted into international fame.  The two-step gradually replaced the waltz as a popular dance, and variations of the basic two-step insured the march’s popularity all through the 1890s, and into the 20th century.  Sousa’s march became identified with the two-step, and it was as famous abroad as it was in The United States.  In some European countries, all two-steps were called “Washington posts.” Pirated editions of the music appeared in many foreign countries.  In Britain, for example, it was known by such names as “No Surrender” and “Washington Grays.”

Next to “The Stars and Stripes Forever,”  The Washington Post has been Sousa’s most widely known march.  He delighted in telling how he had heard it in so many different countries, played in so many different ways -- and often accredited to native composers.  It was a standard at Sousa Band performances and was often openly demanded when not scheduled for a program.  It was painful for Sousa to relate that, like “Semper Fidelis” and other marches of that period, he received only $35 for it, while the publisher made a fortune. Of that sum, $25 was for a piano arrangement, $5 for a band arrangement, and $5 for an orchestra arrangement.

Today, at a community room in Washington, a spotlight illuminates a life-size color portrait of the black-bearded Sousa, resplendent in his scarlet Marine Band uniform.  This is the John Philip Sousa Community Room in the Washington Post Building.  It is the newspaper’s tribute to the man who first gave it worldwide fame. (Paul Bierley)

John Philip Sousa observed, "Jazz will endure as long as people hear it through their feet instead of their brains." Interesting enough, Sousa's interest in Jazz began with ragtime. He programmed it sparingly during the late 1890s in the United Sates and found that his audiences loved it. And, it was Sousa who was initially responsible for the popularity of ragtime in Europe. He joined a few classical composers who experimented with ragtime and jazz by composing several compositions in the style. From concert programs, we also know that he featured ragtime and Dixieland ensembles with his band.

The Jared Spears - At a Dixieland Jazz Funeral is more a traditional approach to the style, featuring the small solo ensemble in two moods of the style (the first being a funeral wake, taking the recently departed soul to the cemetery for burial and the second, being the uplifting party for the spirit).

John Williams (pictured at right) studied composition at UCLA with Mario Castelnueovo-Tedesco and later attended the Juilliard School. In 1956, he started working as a session pianist in film orchestras. He has composed the music and served as music director for over 70 films, including Jaws, E.T., Star Wars, Superman, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Schindler’s List. Williams has been awarded two Emmys, five Oscars, and 17 Grammy Awards, as well as several gold and platinum records. From 1980 to 1993, Williams served as conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra. He has written many concert pieces and is also known for his themes and fanfares written for the 1984, 1988, and 1996 Olympics.

Star Wars – The Marches.  

Even in a galaxy long ago and far away marches stirred the hearts of men, women, and all sorts of creatures.  So many stunning marches were part of these epic motion pictures that they had to be combined in one powerful piece. This arrangement features: Star Wars (Main Theme), Parade of the Ewoks, The Imperial March, Augie's Great Municipal Band and The Throne Room. A bold medley of a wide variety of marches that will ensure a standing ovation!  The bandstration has been arranged by Jerry Brubaker.

Description: Music to Fillmore's popular "Trombone Family" seriesShoutin’ Liza Trombone carried the subtitle “Mose Trombone’s Ah-finity.”  Recalling Henry’s early conflicts with his father about his music, it is interesting to note that this was originally titled “Hallelujah Trombone” in reference to the opening motif which is taken from Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus.” Knowing that his hymnal-publishing father would never approve of such blasphemy, Henry recalled the first printing which did go out with the title “HallelujahTrombone” and retitled it Shoutin’ Liza Trombone.  When performing the work as a guest conductor, Henry would bring the trombone section to the front of the stage, play the introduction and, before the pick-ups to the first strain, would say to the audience.  “Let us have a moment of prayer for the trombone section.”  He would they yell “Shoot em!” and tear into the first glissando, that section marked “with pep.”

Henry Fillmore gained fame as the Father of the Trombone Smear wrote a series of 15 novelty characteristic tunes featuring trombone smears called “The Trombone Family.  Written in strong ragtime or Vaudeville style, the smear features the trombone section. Shoutin’ Liza Trombone was the eighth characteristic smear composed by Fillmore.

Armed Forces Salute, arranged by Robert Lowden, is probably one of the most widely used salutes to our military personnel.

Lowden was a prolific composer, arranger, and renowned clarinetist whose music reached far beyond the borders of his native New Jersey. He penned over 400 advertising jingles in his long career, but orchestras and bands know him for his many arrangements of popular and show tunes. Lowden studied to be a music educator at Temple University. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Band. He wrote for the Somerset label and its feature group, 101 Strings. He served as the lead arranger for the Philadelphia Pops and often took a bow at performances of his works by the Ocean City Pops at the Music Pier.

Featured in Lowden’s salute are:

The United States Army: The Caisson Song (words and music by Edmond L. Gruber)

The United States Coast Guard: Semper Paratus (Frances F. van Boskerck)

The United States Marine Corps: The Marines’ Hymn (music by James Offenback, words by Henry C. Davis)

The United States Air Force: The U.S. Air Force (words and music by Robert Crawford)

The United States Navy: Anchors Aweigh (music by Charles A. Zimmerman; words by George D. Lottman, Alfred Hart Miles, and Royal Lovell)

SousaJohn Philip Sousa (pictured at right) wrote the most famous American military marches of all time, including "Stars and Stripes Forever," earning him the nickname "the March King"; he was also known as a great bandleader, and organized the famed concert and military group, Sousa's Band. Born in Washington, D.C., on November 6, 1854, Sousa followed in the footsteps of his father, a musician in the U.S. Marine Corps, and enlisted by the age of 14. Before this, Sousa had studied violin with John Esputa. While active in the Marines, he composed his first march, "Salutation."

Around the age of 16, Sousa began studying harmony with G.F. Benkert, then worked as a pit orchestra conductor at a local theater, followed by jobs as first chair violinist at the Ford Opera House, the Philadelphia Chestnut Street Theater, and later led the U.S. Marine Corps Band (1880-1992). Although most famous for his marches, Sousa composed in other styles as well, including a waltz, "Moonlight on the Potomac"; a gallop, "The Cuckoo" (both in 1869); the oratorio "Messiah of the Nations" (1914); and scores for Broadway musicals The Smugglers (1879), Desiree (1884), The Glass Blowers (1893), El Capitan (1896; which was his first real scoring success), American Maid (1913), and more.

Sousa formed his sternly organized concert band in 1892, leading them through numerous U.S. and European tours, a world tour, and an appearance in the 1915 Broadway show Hip-Hip-Hooray. Sousa's Band also recorded many sides for the Victor label up through the early '30s. His most famous marches include "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (1897), "U.S. Field Artillery March," "Semper Fidelis" (written in 1888, it became the Marine Corps anthem), "Washington Post March" (1889), "King Cotton" (1895), "El Capitan" (1896), and many more. In addition to writing music, Sousa also wrote books, including the best-seller Fifth String and his autobiography, Marching Along. Actor Clifton Webb portrayed Sousa in the movie about his life entitled Stars and Stripes Forever. The instrument the sousaphone was named after this famous composer and bandleader. ~ Joslyn Layne, All Music Guide

Stars and Stripes Forever (John Philip Sousa) The march is considered the finest march ever written, and at the same time one of the most patriotic ever conceived.  As reported in the Philadelphia Public Ledger (May 15, 1897)  “ ... It is stirring enough to rouse the American eagle from his crag, and set him to shriek exultantly while he hurls his arrows at the aurora borealis.”  (referring to the concert the Sousa Band gave the previous day at the Academy of Music).

The march was not quite so well received though and actually got an over average rating for a new Sousa march.  Yet, its popularity grew as Mr. Sousa used it during the Spanish-American War as a concert closer.  Coupled with his Trooping of the Colors , the march quickly gained a vigorous response from audiences and critics alike.  In fact, audiences rose from their chairs when the march was played.  Mr. Sousa added to the entertainment value of the march by having the piccolo(s) line up in front of the band for the final trio, and then added the trumpets and trombones join them on the final repeat of the strain.

The march was performed on almost all of Mr. Sousa’s concerts and always drew tears to the eyes of the audience.  The author has noted the same emotional response of audiences to the march today.  The march has been named as the national march of The United States.

There are two commentaries of how the march was inspired.  The first came as the result of an interview on Mr. Sousa’s patriotism.  According to Mr. Sousa, the march was written with the inspiration of God.

“I was in Europe and I got a cablegram that my manager was dead.  I was in Italy and I wished to get home as soon as possible, I rushed to Genoa, then to Paris and to England and sailed for America.  On board the steamer as I walked miles up and down the deck, back and forth, a mental band was playing ‘Stars and Stripes Forever.’  Day after day as I walked it persisted in crashing into my very soul. I wrote it on Christmas Day, 1896.”

The second, and more probable inspiration for the march, came from Mr. Sousa’s own homesickness.  He had been away from his homeland for some time on tour, and told an interviewer:

“In a kind of dreamy way, I used to think over old days at Washington when I was leader of the Marine Band ... when we played at all public functions, and I could see the Stars and Stripes flying from the flagstaff in the grounds of the White House just as plainly as if I were back there again.”

“Then I began to think of all the countries I had visited, of the foreign people I had met, of the vast differences between America and American people and other countries and other peoples, and that flag of ours became glorified ... and to my imagination it seemed to be the biggest, grandest, flag in the world, and I could not get back under it quick enough.”

“It was in this impatient, fretful state of mind that the inspiration to compose ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever’ came to me.”

http://blogs.capecodonline.com/file/import/fb627afa-0ffa-4f2c-b6d5-ce82fa74853f.jpeg America, the Beautiful.  In 1893, Katharine Lee Bates (pictured at left), an English professor at Wellesley College had taken a train trip to Colorado Springs to teach a short summer school session at Colorado College. Several of the sights on her trip found their way into her poem “America The Beautiful” such as The World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the "White City" with its promise of the future contained within its alabaster buildings, the wheat fields of Kansas through which her train was riding on July 4th and the majestic view of the Great Plains from atop Pikes Peak.

On that mountain, the words of the poem started to come to her and she wrote them down upon returning to her hotel room at the original Antlers Hotel. The poem was initially published two years later in The Congregationalist, to commemorate the Fourth of July. It quickly caught the public's fancy and amended versions were published in 1904 and 1913. Several existing pieces of music were adapted to the poem. The Hymn tune “Materna” composed in 1882 by Samuel A. Ward was generally considered the best music as early as 1910 and is still the popular tune today. Ward had been similarly inspired. The tune came to him while he was on a ferryboat trip from Coney Island back to his home in New York City after a leisurely summer day and he immediately wrote it down. (East Bay Summer Winds)

http://www.bach-cantatas.com/Pic-Bio-BIG/Dragon-Carmen-02%5bCBS%5d.jpgCarmen Dragon, pictured at right, was born in Antioch, California. He was very active in pops music conducting and composed scores for several films, including At Gunpoint (1955), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Night into Tomorrow (1951), and Kiss Tomorrow Good-bye (1950).

He made a popular orchestral arrangement of "America the Beautiful" and also re-arranged it for symphonic band. According to his website, he was awarded an Emmy in 1964.

He conducted the Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra, and they performed on The Standard School Broadcast, broadcast on NBC in the western U.S. for elementary schools from 1928 through the 1970s.  The program featured a high quality introduction to classical music for young people growing up in the 1940s and early 1950s.

Dragon made a series of popular light classical albums for Capitol Records during the 1950s with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Some of these recordings have been reissued by EMI on CD. Dragon appeared as himself briefly at the end of the 1979 film The In-Laws, conducting the fictitious Paramus Philharmonic.

Dragon also hosted a regular classical music radio show broadcast on the Armed Forces Radio Network—now the American Forces Network—well into the 1980s.

The Medina Community Band

Marcus Neiman, conductor

Frank Cosenza, Ed Lichtenberg and Thomas Walker, associate conductors

Friday Evening, July 4th, 2014

8:30 p.m.


National Anthem, The Star Spangled Banner (1889)       Francis Scott Key/John Philip Sousa

Overture, Finale to the Opera William Tell (1829) Gioacchino Rossini/Laurendeau

March, Captain America (2011) Alan Anthony Silvestri/Michael Brown

Flute Duet, Celtic Flutes (2003) Kurt Gäble

Sue McLaughlin and Amy Muhl, soloists

Mezzo-Soprano Solo, ‘S Wonderful from ‘Funny Face’ (1927) George Gershwin/Warren Barker

Encore, Irving Berlin: Songs of America   Irving Berlin/James Swearingen

Denise Milner Howell, soloist

March, Washington Post (1889) John Philip Sousa

Ron Foster, Medina Hosptial Foundaion, Maestra for a Night conductor

Dixieland, At a Dixieland Jazz Funeral Jared Spears

Vicki Smith, clarinet; LuAnn Gresh, trumpet; Lee Harpe, trombone; and,

Kyle Snyder, tuba

Characteristic, Bull Trombone   Henry Fillmore

Patriotic, Armed Forces Salute (1980) arr. Robert Lowden

National March, The Stars and Stripes Forever (1896) John Philip Sousa

Patriotic, God Bless America (1893) Katharine Lee Bates/Carmen Dragon

* updated on July 3rd