Ephrata Concert Band Patriotic Concert for July 4

Jul 03; 7:00 p.m.

The Ephrata Concert Band at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, will perform a concert at Ephrata Borough’s Grater Park with a special focus on patriotic music. Admission to the concert at the bandshell at the foot of Cocalico Street is free. Bring folding chairs. In the event of extreme weather, the concert will be moved inside the Ephrata Recreation Center, 130 South Academy Drive. One of the patriotic songs in the first half of the program will be “America, the Beautiful,” with music by Samuel A. Ward to match the lyrics that Katherine A. Bates was inspired to write after an 1893 trip to Pikes Peak in Colorado. Some of the other tunes in the first half of the program will be the march “Americans We,” composed by Henry Fillmore in 1929; John Philip Sousa’s march “The Liberty Bell”; “The Star-Spangled Banner”; a selection of World War 1 songs led by George M. Cohan’s “Over There”; and the overture “An American Scene” by 20th century composer and band leader Clare Grundman. The first half of the program will also include the Broadway show tune “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and the classic Solvejg’s Song from “Peer Gynt Suite No. 2.” The band will start the second half of its program with the “National Emblem March,” which bandleader Edwin Bagley composed in 1902. Other tunes after intermission will include Fillmore’s “The Poet, Peasant and Light Cavalryman”; Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America”; Lowden’s “Armed Forces Salute”;  Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”; the hymn “Abide with Me” and the fast-paced galop tune,  “Homestretch.” Martin Hinkley will conduct the concert Sunday, which will be the third of five consecutive Sunday evening concerts for the band in its 2022 season.

At the season’s opening concert June 19, Hinkley announced that each of the five concerts through July 17 would be dedicated to the memory of the late Carl Tobias, the musician and conductor who lent his talent and dedication to the Ephrata community band for more than four decades.Hinkley also thanked the large audience at the opening concert for coming to the park to hear the band, which because of pandemic precautions had not performed for the public since 2019.  Any musician interested in performing at any of the remaining 2022 concerts of the band may contact Hinkley at (623)-910-1188. Donations to the Ephrata Concert Band Committee will be accepted at each 2022 concert. Anyone who wants to send in a check made out to the Ephrata Concert Band Committee may send it to Mardel Lausch, band committee treasurer, at 306 Lausch Road, Denver PA 17517.

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