June 2014 offers three opportunities to hear the National Concert Band of America, outside, as part of our Summer Concert Series.
Our second summer concert will be on Sunday, June 15, 6 PM, at Belmont Bay, 530A Harbor Side Street, Woodbridge, VA. The phone number for the concert site is 703.490.5088. Directions can be found at: http://www.belmontbay.com
After the National Concert Band’s Opener and our National Anthem, the program begins with James Barnes’ “Symphonic Overture.” Its encore is a Fillmore march entitled “Bull Trombones.” In an arrangement by John Cacavas, “Star Spangled Spectacular” offers war time melodies everyone knows. “Big Band Showcase” by Bob Lowden salutes tunes of World War II; after Rachmaninoff’s “Italian Polka” we give you a beautiful arrangement of “Amazing Grace” by Frank Tichelli. “Highlights from Jersey Boys” by Michael Brown is followed by John Philip Sousa’s “Foshay Tower Memorial March.” Two Walt Disney selections - “Beauty and the Beast” by Jay Bobcock and “Symphonic Highlights from Frozen” by Stephen Bulla take us to the ever-popular Spanish march by Jaime Texidor, “Amparito Roca.” The final selection is “Berceuse and Finale” from Stravinsky’s ballet “The Firebird.”
As we do in every National Concert Band of America program we first salute America with Carmon Dragon’s arrangement of “America the Beautiful.” With Bob Lowden’s arrangement of “Armed Forces Salute” we pay tribute to all Veterans, past, present, and future. And finally we offer our signature song – “This Is My Country!”
Looking ahead our third summer concert is in Bowie, Maryland, Sunday, June 29, 7 PM at Allen Pond. Every year we play on July 4th at Mount Vernon, Virginia for the Naturalization Ceremony beginning at 12 Noon. Our final summer concert is at Mason District Park on Sunday, July 13 at 7 PM.