The Oneonta Community Concert Band will present its annual Salute to Veterans concert, directed by Rene Prins at 3 p.m. Sunday in the St. Mary’s Parish Center. The Phi-Mu-Alpha, Epsilon Pi Colony Men’s Music Fraternity of Hartwick College will be guests.
The concert program will consist of the following pieces: “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “In Uniform March” by Henry Fillmore, “Gloriole Overture” by Eric Noble written in 1942 to honor the youth of America assisting in the war effort during World War II; and “The Honored Dead,” which is a relatively unknown funeral march by John Phillip Sousa.
The OCCB will then be joined by the chorus from Phi-Mu-Alpha. The first piece will be “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor” written for the Douglas E. Wagner Men’s chorus with band in 2005 based on a sonnet composed in 1883 by Emma Lazarus and placed in the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. “George Brown’s Fiddle,” arranged by David Bennett, will be next. It is a parody on “John Brown’s Body,” which had become a popular song among the Civil War soldiers of the North. “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Julia Ward Howe, arranged by Roy Ringwald, will round out this part of the program.
The band will next play “Die Wacht am St. Gotthard March” by M. Ringeisen, a Swiss composer who dedicated this piece to a fortress protecting the St. Gotthard Pass in the Alps.
The Phi-Mu-Alpha chorus will rejoin the OCCB for the final three pieces of the concert. They will be: Anthem from “America” by Ernest Bloch arranged by Richard Franko Goldman in 1927; the traditional medley of service hymns “Armed Forces Salute” arranged by Bob Lowden will be next. The last piece will be “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin arranged by W.G. Leidzen.
The concert is free and open to the public. St. Mary’s Parish Center is handicapped-accessible. Donations to help support the Oneonta Community Concert Band will be taken. For more information, call 432-7977 or visit www.OneontaCommunityBand.org.