Media is the theme for Sunday performance at Grater Park

By on June 24, 2015


News media will be the theme of the Ephrata Concert Band’s June 28 concert at the bandshell at Ephrata Borough’s Grater Community Park. Lincoln Fogelsanger will conduct.

The opening march (following the Star-Spangled Banner) will be “The Chicago Tribune,” a highly regarded march composed in 1892 by Pennsylvania native William Paris Chambers.

In the opening half of the program, the band will also play the suite “Newsreel” by Schuman; “The Patriot-News March” by William R. Higgins; the 1966 Grammy-winning song “The Shadow of Your Smile;” Zamecnik’s “World Events” march, which was used to accompany many movie theater newsreels; Mahlon Merrick’s “Look Sharp/Be Sharp” march, used on many radio and TV broadcasts of boxing matches and other sports, and the overture from Bizet’s “The Pearl Fishers.”

In the second half of the program, the band will open with Thayer/Briggs’ “The Boston Globe March.” It will also perform Gearhart’s novelty song “The Parade of Cliches;” Simon’s march, “The Cincinnati Post;” Levine’s march, “The Cleveland Press;” selections from the Broadway show “The Music Man;” the hymn “A Mighty Fortress is Our God;” and John Philip Sousa’s “The Washington Post March.”

The admission-free concert will start at 7:15 p.m. Weather permitting, it will take place at the park. Bring folding chairs. In case of inclement weather, it will take place a few blocks away inside the Ephrata Recreation Center, 130 S. Academy Drive. Donations to the Ephrata Concert Band will be accepted.

Anyone who wishes to support the tradition of outdoor Ephrata Concert Band performances at Grater Park may send a check made out to the band to the band committee treasurer, Barb McMinn, at 138 Broad St., Akron, Pa. 17501.

The June 28 event will be the second of several weekly Sunday evening concerts with varying themes in the band’s 2015 summer season.


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