Outdoor concert set for July 15

By on July 11, 2018

A stirring march that John Philip Sousa composed in 1881 to mark the 100th anniversary of the British Army’s defeat at Yorktown and selections from George M. Cohan’s 1919 musical “The Royal Vagabond” will be included in the Ephrata Concert Band program July 15 at 7:15 p.m.

With Martin Hinkley conducting, the band will perform at the bandshell at the foot of Cocalico Street in Ephrata Borough’s Grater Park. Admission is free. Donations to the Ephrata Concert Band will be accepted.

The public is urged to bring folding chairs to the concert. In the event of extreme weather, the concert will take place inside the Ephrata Recreation Center a few blocks away at 130 S. Academy Drive.

The band will perform “The Star-Spangled Banner”to open the concert, followed by the Fillmore march, “His Honor” and the “Cavalier Overture” by Peter Buys. The first half of the program also will include Rachmaninoff’s “Prelude in C Minor,” “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning” by Rodgers and Hammerstein, the “Royal Vagabond” selections; the waltz “As a Dream,” and Fillmore’s march “The Footlifter.”

Following intermission, the band will play Alford’s march “Colonel Bogey,” Arlen and Koehler’s “Stormy Weather,” the “Beer Barrel Polka;” the “Cotton Top Rag,” a medley a galop tunes, and the hymn “O Master Let Me Walk With Thee.” Sousa’s “Yorktown Centennial” will close the show.

The Ephrata Concert Band Committee is continuing fundraising to sustain the tradition of admission-free community band concerts in the park. Mardel Lausch, committee treasurer, said people may send in checks payable to the Ephrata Concert Band to her home address: Mardel Lausch, 306 Lausch Road, Denver, PA 17517.

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