FIFTH CONCERT OF 40TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON

The fifth concert by the National Concert Band of America in celebration of its 40th Anniversary Season will take place Sunday, May 3 at 3 PM at Hayfield High School, 7633 Telegraph Road, Alexandria, VA 22315.

The telephone number is:  703.924.7400

For Directions go to: http://www.fcps.edu  Then click on “Schools & Centers;” once there enter “Hayfield” in the “Search by School” section and press Enter; click on “Map” then click “Driving Directions.”

We open the program with our National Anthem followed by the overture “La Gazza Ladra” by Rossini. This overture is also known as “The Thieving Magpie.” A Sousa march, “Fairest of the Fair” follows as an encore. American composer Howard Hanson’s Symphony #2, the “Romantic” follows with its 2nd movement. A Karl King march, “Invictus” serves as the Hanson encore.

Since we are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of “The Sound of Music,” we offer highlights from “The Sound of Music” in an arrangement for concert band by Robert Russell Bennett.

The final program selection is “Paris Sketches” by Martin Ellerby. The composer’s personal tribute to a city he loves consists of four movements: 1. Saint-Germain-de-Pres  2. Pigalle  3. Pere Lachaise  4. Les Halles. Each of the movements pays homage to some part of the French capital and “other composers who lived, worked or passed through…”

In every concert by the National Concert Band of America we pay tribute to all Veterans from all branches of service, past, present and future, with Bob Lowden’s arrangement of “Armed Forces Salute” followed by our “signature” song - “This Is My Country.”