Municipal Concert Band to play Sunday


GREENVILLE – The Greenville Municipal Concert Band returns to the Marling Band Shell in the Greenville City Park on Sunday, July 17. Concert time will be 7 p.m.

“There is plenty of seating available on park benches, or listeners may bring their own lawn chairs. There is no admission charge for the concert,” said organizers.

The band will be under the direction of its associate director, Doug Albright.

Much of the music on this week’s program is influenced by the American West. Native Ohio composer Clare Grundman used melodies from cowboy songs to construct his American Folk Rhapsody No. 3.

The West has always been a popular subject for motion pictures, and the band’s performance of “They Went That-A-Way,” will include themes from movies such as The Magnificent Seven, Blazing Saddles and How The West Was Won. The band will also perform John Williams’ music for the 1972 John Wayne movie The Cowboys. This movie represented one of Williams’ earliest efforts at composing for the movies. The band will pay tribute to the country and western genre with the song that started a line dancing craze, “Boot Scootin’ Boogie.”

A trombone trio, made up of Brian McKibben, Ken Heinlen and Brad Spettel, will be featured on “All Aboard.” “All Aboard” is light hearted version of the spiritual “This Train Is Bound For Glory.”

The band is well known for its performance of traditional march music. Marches scheduled to be performed on Sunday’s concert include “Sabre and Spurs” by John Phillip Sousa, “Black Jack March” by Fred Huffer, “Belleau Wood” by John Edmondson and “Stars and Stripes Forever” by Sousa.

Concertgoers can be looking ahead to Sunday, July 24 and the first performance of the season by the Greenville Municipal Big Band. The big band is will be under the direction of JR Price, and will be playing jazz and swing favorites.

Staff report

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