Note from the webmaster: We update this web site at least once a week during our summer concert season. Since the program for each Sunday concert is finalized at our rehearsal on Monday evening, we generally post the week's update sometime on Tuesday. Unfortunately, if you are viewing this page on a summer Monday, what follows will undoubtedly be the information for YESTERDAY'S concert.
This week's concert will be conducted by Adam Creager, the 7th & 9th Grade band director at Mt. Pleasant Middle School. When not conducting, Adam plays the baritone saxophone in the band. Adam performs with many ensembles in our area including the Burlington Area Saxophone Quartet, the Mt. Pleasant Jazz Quintet, ClasSax 2.0 in Mt. Pleasant, the Bullis-Rutter Big Band (in which he plays piano), the Southeast Iowa Band, and the Mt. Pleasant Community Band.
Adam's selections will include: Into the Clouds by Richard L. Saucedo; The Charlatan March by John Philip Sousa; John Williams in Concert arranged by Paul Lavender including The Mission Theme, The Olympic Spirit, Star Wars (Main Title), Cantina Band from Star Wars, The Imperial March (Darth Vader's theme) from The Empire Strikes Back, Theme from Jaws, and Theme from E.T. (the extra-terrestrial); Root Beer Rag by Billy Joel arranged by Michael Sweeney featuring the saxophone section; Nessun Dorma, an aria from Giacomo Puccini's opera "Turandot," featuring David Adams on the euphonium; Mother Hubbard March by John Philip Sousa, The Rakes of Mallow by Leroy Anderson; The Blues Brothers Revue arrange by Jay Bocook including Soul Man, Soul Finger, I Can't Turn you Loose, and Everybody Needs Somebody to Love; In the Miller Mood arranged by Warren Barker featuring the saxophone section including In the Mood, Moonlight Serenade, I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo, Serenade in Blue, and Little Brown Jug. This arrangement will proceed without pause into In the Mood by Joe Garland arranged by Andy Clark. These Glenn Miller tunes will also feature the saxophones. The concert will (of course) conclude with our traditional closing march, The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa.
Next week's concert
will be conducted by Ron Coberley
Adam tells us that originally didn't intend to have a "theme" per se for his concert but, as he studied his scores for the concert, he found that he kept hearing the tunes in his head. So he decided to call this his, "Hummers, Earworms and other Catchy Melodies Concert." An important aspect of the concert is Adam's intent to honor his mentor Darwin Lyons, who passed away last November and was the band's baritone saxophonist before Adam assumed that position. Several of Adam's selections will feature the saxophone section as a tribute to Darwin. Also featured on the concert will be euphonium soloist and Burlington native David Adams. Dave will be the band director in the Van Buren schools this coming year.
Our readers may be interested to know more about two of the Sousa marches listed above - "The Charlatan" and "Mother Hubbard." These are not well-known marches and Adam tells us that he "discovered" them through his exploration of the United States Marine Band's excellent website which includes files of the printed music (scores and instrument parts) of all of Sousa's marches as well as recordings of each march. This is possible since Sousa's music is now in the public domain and is free of copyright restrictions. For "Sousaphiles," a visit to this site is a fascinating experience! A link to the site is included below.