Concert will start with patriotic numbers

By on June 26, 2019


Two marches composed by John Philip Sousa and one by John Enck, who founded the Ephrata Concert Band, will be included in the band’s concert June 30 at 7:15 p.m.

Weather permitting, Martin Hinkley will conduct the band on the bandshell at the foot of Cocalico Street in Ephrata Borough’s Grater Park. Bring folding chairs. In the event of extreme weather, the concert will be moved inside the Ephrata Recreation Center, 130 S. Academy Drive.

The band will open the concert with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” followed by Sousa’s 1916 composition, “Boy Scouts of America.”

The first half of the June 30 program will also include the “Variation Overture,” the classical selection “Themes from Symphony in D Minor,” the “Caranola Waltz,” and G. Robert Rehrer’s march “Hampden Firemen.”

Enck’s “Festival Parade” will open the second half of the program, followed by Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “It’s a Grand Night for Singing.”

The band will also play an arrangement of Stephen Foster melodies; the novelty tune “Cricket and the Bullfrog;” the “No. 5 Polka Medley” and the hymn “Onward, Christian Soldiers.” The concert will conclude with an 1899 march by Sousa that gained a reputation as one of the most popular in his long career: “Hands Across the Sea.”

The June 30 concert will be third in the Ephrata band’s 2019 season, which ends July 21. Admission is free. Donations to the Ephrata Concert Band will be accepted.

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