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To perform, preserve and promote concert band music
Sunday August 22nd marks the first time since March 1st, 2020 that the Sequim City Band will perform live for the public. In its Concert at The James outdoor series entitled “Together Again” the band will play homage to the unusual circumstances of the past 17 months.
Beginning at 3 PM at the James Center for the Performing Arts, the concert will begin with the band’s tradition of presenting the “Star Spangled Banner” with vocalists Karla Messerschmidt-Morgan and Tom Reis leading the festivities.
Likely many of us picked up a viewing habit over the past sedentary year – perhaps even binge-watching a favorite show. Watched by young and old alike, “The Mandalorian” follows a lone bounty hunter on the run, who had been hired to retrieve “The Child” – colloquially known as “Baby Yoda” by audience members. The theme song by composer Ludwig Goransson sets the mood for this space Western.
The band dedicates Frank Tichelli’s “Amazing Grace”, a stirring arrangement of a classic hymn, to the unwavering workers throughout the county who kept vital services available to us all during the stay-at-home orders. And just like the little girl from Kansas with the ruby slippers, the band looks to a brighter, hopeful future with the soaring strains of Harold Arlen’s “Over the Rainbow” from the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz.
In a testament to the enduring American spirit, the band celebrates with a classic John Williams 1976 composition, “Midway March” commemorating the WWII Battle of Midway. That battle is considered by many to be the turning point of the war in the Pacific. The piece is considered one of William’s most popular marches.
The nationwide response to the pandemic has brought several changes – one of these changes has been the influx of people from all over the United States to the Olympic Peninsula. Amongst the newcomers are musicians and the band has welcomed several new members. We have added flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba, and percussion players. It will be obvious when the band is anchored with its expanded 5-member tuba section.
Unfortunately, the band was not able to mount its traditional Patriotic 4th of July concert earlier this summer. But one tradition will occur at this concert as the band recognizes past and present service members with the compilation of all of the armed forces – Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine, Merchant Marine, Navy – service songs with the “Armed Forces Salute”. For an uplifting send-off as we doggedly move back to a more social public life the band will present “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.
Bring your lawn chair or blanket as the announcer Karla Messerschmidt-Morgan introduces the band, led by conductor Tyler Benedict, at 3PM on Sunday August 22nd at The James Center for the Performing Arts. The concert and on-site parking are free to the public. To reach the James Center, enter the north section of Carrie Blake Park from N. Blake Ave. at the Fir St. intersection. Follow the signs to the outdoor stage and then settle in on the lawn to enjoy a concert of familiar songs from musicals and movies.
|August 22, 2021|
@ 3:00 pm
James Center for the Preforming Arts
Sequim, WA 98382
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Sequim City Band is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization