What's in a Name?

What’s in a Name?

If your name is Jean, Barbara, Irene, Laura, Caroline … or Julida … you may want to head to the band shell in Pennoyer Park on July 30, 2014. The Kenosha Pops More »

What’s in a Name?

What's in a Name?

If your name is Jean, Barbara, Irene, Laura, Caroline … or Julida … you may want to head to the band shell in Pennoyer Park on July 30, 2014.
The Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s program that night is called “What’s in a Name?”
To “qualify” for this concert, a tune has to have a name in its title.
“This is a unique night of music, with some pieces our audience will recognize — and some pieces they may not have heard of before,” says Craig Gall, the band’s musical director.
Assistant Conductor Garrett Kornman says it took the two of them “a full Saturday of digging through the extensive Pops Band music library to come up with the music to fit this thme.”
Gall will lead the band on:
– Rod McKuen’s song “Jean” from the 1969 movie “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.” Master of ceremonies Greg Berg will be the vocalist on the tune.
– “Tara’s Theme” from “Gone with the Wind.” (Technically, this song is named for a plantation, not a person, but a name’s a name.)
– David Raskin’s tune “Laura,” the famous theme from the 1944 film noir classic.
– “Julida Polka.” The lyrics include these lines: “I’ve got a girlfriend/She calls me Honey/We go to taverns/To spend her money … Oy ya Julida/Oy ya Julida/Oy ya Julida/She’s the girl for me.” (It’s about a woman named Julida, so it fits the theme.)
– The “Grand March” from Verdi’s opera “Aida” about an Ethiopian princess enslaved by the Egyptians.
– Neil Diamond’s hit “Sweet Caroline.” This piece, Gall says, will involve some audience participation.
– Music from the 1960 film “Spartacus,” starring Kirk Douglas as the slave Spartacus, who rebels against the Romans. (Fun fact: The film became the biggest moneymaker in Universal Studios’ history, an honor it held for a decade until it was surpassed by “Airport” in 1970.)
– “The Terry Theme,” written by Charlie Chaplin for his 1952 movie “Limelight.” The multi-talented Hollywood maverick wrote, directed, produced, edited, scored — and starred — in most of his films.
– A medley of tunes from the Lerner and Loewe musical “Gigi.” Robert Russell Bennett arranged the music for concert band “and this is one of Bennett’s best arrangements of Broadway music,” Gall says. “The transitions are seamless, and there are a lot of great tunes in here,” including “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” and “The Night They Invented Champagne.”
– John Philip Sousa’s 1907 march “Powhatan’s Daughter.” (The daughter in the title is Pocahontas.)
– “Irene Overture” by Joseph McCarthy and Harry Tierney. “This dates way back, to 1919, on Broadway,” Gall says. Tunes in the medley include “Alice Blue Gown,” “Irene” and “To Be Worthy.”
Kornman is leading the band on:
– “Ballad for Barbara” by Bill Holcombe. “This piece has been in our music library for years,” Kornman says, “But we haven’t played it in the 20 years or so I’ve been in the Pops Band.”
– Music from 1947 Broadway musical “Finian’s Rainbow,” including the tunes “How are Things in Glocca Morra” and “Old Devil Moon.”
– “Nadia’s Theme,” which was made famous when it was used by ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” as background music for a montage of Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci’s routines during the 1976 Summer Olympics. It is also the theme to the long-running CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless.”
– “Mack the Knife” by Kurt Weill. “This arrangement by Ken Dye is a different take on the familiar piece,” Kornman says.

If you go
What: Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s “What’s in a Name?” program
When: 7 p.m. July 30, 2014
Where: On the band shell in Pennoyer Park, located at 35th Street and Seventh Avenue on Kenosha’s lakefront
Admission: Free

Dave Braun Trio playing before the Pops
The Dave Braun Trio — featuring Dave Braun on guitar, his wife Paula on bass and their son Pete on drums — is performing at 6:15 p.m. July 30, 2014, on the band shell, before the Kenosha Pops Band’s program.
Paula Braun also plays flute with the Pops Band, which she joined as a teenager more than four decades ago.
Among the tunes the trio is playing are “Stella By Starlight,” “Body & Soul,” “Invitation” and “Moments Notice.”
The trio is now in its 20th year playing music every Friday night at the HobNob Restaurant.
Dave Braun said it’s rare for a house band to be playing at the same location for that long, but it’s an opportunity he’s cherished since the beginning.
“I have always believed that if you swing and play from the heart, people will come,” he said in an interview in the May 2014 issue of Just Jazz Guitar magazine.
Talking to Ed Benson in the magazine about the trio’s longstanding HobNob gig, Dave Braun said, “If someone requests a tune I do not know, I make sure to learn it before the next Friday.”
He also said the trio “approaches tunes without an agenda. The guitar, bass or drums might suggest a feel or a time change, and we will go with it.”
While the group has seen several changes in sound, the biggest development recently has come from Pete being added to the group, Dave Braun told the Kenosha News earlier this year.
“My son has forced me out of my comfort zone with his youth and different styles of listening experience,” he said. “He’s opened up my playing and helped me stretch out in different ways. He really influences how we play, and there’s more interaction between the group than there ever was before.”
The Dave Braun Trio plays at the HobNob, 277 Sheridan Road, from 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday night. For more information, go to www.davebraunjazz.com.

In Tribute

InTribute

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is performing a program paying tribute to composers and entertainers.
The free concert is 7 p.m. July 23, 2014, on the band shell in Pennoyer Park.
“This is an incredibly varied program,” says Craig Gall, the band’s musical director. “There’s something for everyone, from Dixieland jazz to big band jazz, folk music, Broadway tunes, silver screen music and rock n’ roll. It would be difficult for audience members not to find something they like.”
It’s also difficult, he added, for the band’s members to perform.
“There are a lot of key changes and tempo changes in these medleys,” he said.
Gall will lead the band on:
“A Kingston Trio Folk Song Overture,” arranged by Alfred Reed. The medley features several songs made famous by the folk group, including “The River is Wide,” “Lemon Tree,” “Tom Dooley” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”
“The Original Dixieland Concerto,” arranged by John Warrington and containing the tunes “Jazz Me Blues,” “Ballin’ the Jack” and “Dixieland One-Step.” The piece features a dixieland combo made up of Pops members Tim Bell on clarinet, Marv Miller on tenor saxophone, Kevin Velvikis on trumpet, John Schoettler on trombone, Dave Boyd on tuba, Mike Gudbaur on string bass and Jerry Matteucci on drum set.
“A Salute to Jimmy Webb,” arranged by John Cacavas, with the tunes “MacArthur Park,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Galveston” and “Up, Up and Away.” “These are great tunes that people will recognize,” Gall said. “They were recorded by everyone from Glen Campbell to the Fifth Dimension.”
“A Tribute to Marvin Hamlisch,” arranged by Michael Brown and containing Hamlisch’s tunes “They’re Playing My Song,” “What I Did for Love,” “The Entertainer,” “The Way We Were” and “One (Singular Sensation).”
“This piece is making its Pops Band debut,” Gall said. “It’s a nice arrangement of five Hamlisch favorites.”
“A Salute to Ol’ Blue Eyes,” a John Moss arrangement of songs made famous by singer Frank Sinatra, including “Strangers in the Night,” “That’s Life” and “The Lady is a Tramp.”
“A Tribute to Elvis,” featuring “Love Me Tender,” “Don’t be Cruel,” “Heartbreak Hotel,” Blue Suede Shoes” and “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”
“Sounds from Kenny Rogers,” a Bob Lowden arrangement including “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” “You Decorated My Life,” “Reuben James” and “Lady.”
Another new piece to the Pops Band’s library, “Il Silenzio” (“The Silence”), showcases the band’s trumpets.
The piece fits the concert’s tribute theme, Gall said, because the 1965 tune was written as a memorial piece and was first played on the 20th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands during World War II.
Annually on “Liberation Day,” memorial services are held for the men who died to liberate the Netherlands from the Nazis. The day concludes with a concert, at which “Il Silenzio” has always been the concluding piece.
Jazz tunes figure largely in the concert, with “Big Bands in Concert,” arranged by Bob Lowden. That medley contains “A String of Pearls,” made famous by Glenn Miller; “Intermission Riff,” from Stan Kenton; “Sophisticated Lady,” Duke Ellington; and “Opus One,” most often linked to the Tommy Dorsey band.
Assistant Conductor Garrett Kornman will lead the band on two jazz-centered pieces: “Salute the Duke!” that features the Duke Ellington tunes “Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Satin Doll,” “Flamingo” and “Perdido,” and “Salute to American Jazz,” a Sammy Nestico arrangement of the jazz standards “St. Louis Blues,” “Birdland,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing (if it aint’ Got that Swing)” and “A Night in Tunisia.”
“That piece covers the big band era, all the way to jazz fusion with a stop at be-bop along the way,” Kornman said.
Kornman is also conducting “A Salute to Bob Hope,” Warren Barker’s arrangement of songs made famous by Hope and Bing Crosby, including “The Road to Morocco,” “Moonlight Becomes You,” “Buttons and Bows,” “Two Sleepy People” and “Thanks for the Memory.”
KUSD Summer Strings performing
At 6:15 p.m. July 23, the students in the KUSD Summer Strings program will perform a program on the band shell before the Pops Band.
The Summer Strings, which had 160 student participants this summer, will play: “Spartacus,” “Beatles Forever,” Arlington Sketches” and “A Lion King” medley.

In concert
What: Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s “In Tribute” program
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, Seventh Avenue and 35th Street along the lakefront
Admission: Free

My Kind of Towns

My Kind of Towns

Your kind of town is Kenosha, of course, but on July 16, the Kenosha Pops Concert Band is celebrating cities across the globe.
“This is another new theme we haven’t tried before,” said Craig Gall, the band’s musical director. “And it gave us the chance to pull some music out of the Pops library that we haven’t played for many years.”
One of the pieces — “My Kind of Towns” — is a Sammy Nestico arrangement of several well-known tunes celebrating great American cities, including “New York, New York,” “I Left My Heart in San Francisco,” “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans,” “Kansas City,” “My Kind of Town (Chicago Is)” and “Hooray for Hollywood.”
Another piece — “Manhattan Tower” — has a long history, Gall said.
Gordon Jenkins wrote “Manhattan Tower” in 1946, and it was first issued as a two-disc 78-rpm set on the Decca label. Jenkins also performed the suite in its entirety Ed Sullivan’s TV variety show. The piece combined mood music, original songs, spoken narration/dialogue and sound effects to tell the story of a young man who travels to New York City for a visit.
The original recording was “reprocessed for stereo” in the early 1960s, and that LP release remained in print into the 1970s.
The Pops’ performance features several of the band’s players: Lorraine Mich on French horn, John Schoettler on trombone, Marv Miller on tenor saxophone, Cindy Banaszak on oboe and Tim Bell on clarinet. (This will be a treat for the audience, many who will recall Bell’s many years as the jazz instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.)
A John Philip Sousa tune — “La Flor de Seville” march — is new this summer to the Pops Band’s library. “It’s an old Sousa march that’s new to us and is perfect for this theme,” Gall said.
Other pieces Gall is directing include:
– “The Chicago Tribune March” by William Paris Chambers. The 1892 piece “is a great march by a composer we don’t hear enough. He gives the melody to the French horns, which is probably a breath of fresh air for them instead of the usual upbeats they get in marches.”
– “Night Flight to Madrid,” a Pops Band favorite by Kermit and Walter Leslie. (Fans of NBC’s 1955-1975 “Monitor” radio program may remember this tune as the program’s theme song.)
– “Streets of Athens” by John Cacavas. “This is a charming musical picture of the Greek city,” Gall said.
– “Berliner Luft,” a polka that features snippets of German musical comedy pieces by Paul Lincke.
– The fast-moving Mexican march “Zacatecas” by Genaro Codina.
– “The Great Gate of Kiev,” which is the final movement of the long-form symphonic work “Pictures at an Exhibition” by Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky.
– A medley of tunes from the Broadway musical “Brigadoon,” including “Almost Like Being in Love,” featuring vocals by Greg Berg, the band’s master of ceremonies.
For his part of the program, assistant conductor Garrett Kornman is directing the waltz “In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus” … though Gall (a member of the German band Dorf Kappelle) usually conducts all the polkas and waltzes.
“I’m branching out,” Kornman said, laughing.
He’s also directing music from the Broadway musical “Miss Saigon” and “Saint Louis Blues,” which is an arrangement first done by Glenn Miller for the Armed Forces Band during World War II.
“This version is by Tex Beneke, Glenn Miller’s saxophone player and vocalist,” Kornman said.
Kornman is also conducting “Under Paris Skies,” which he adds is “on our second Pops Band CD ‘A Passport for the Pops,’ which is on sale every week during our concerts.”

In Concert
What: The Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s “My Kind of Towns” concert
When: 7 p.m. July 16, 2014
Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, Seventh Avenue and 35th Street
Admission: Free
Rain: If it rains, the concert is canceled

K-L Band performing before the Pops
The KUSD K-L Band — made up of 114 students who will be in sixth grade this fall — is performing at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday (July 16, 2014) before the Pops Band’s program on the band shell in Pennoyer Park.
“These students just finished their first year of playing,” said Geoff Poole, the band’s conductor.
“It’s been an absolute blast to work with these kids,” he said. “They are so enthusiastic, and it’s wonderful to watch them grow as players.”
Poole, an elementary school band teacher for KUSD, adds that “the K-L parents have been a great help this summer, too.”
The band ends its season with the Pops, performing “Asturias” by Spanish composer Isaac Albéniz; “Crazy Crocodile” by Dennis Eveland; the Spanish-style tune “Caborico” by Chuck Elledge; the ballad “Rising Star”; and, Poole said, “we close a really energetic piece, ‘Alpha Squadron’ by Greg Hillis.”

Pops in Paradise

Pops in Paradise

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band continues its 92nd season of free concerts in Pennoyer Park with “Pops in Paradise.”
“We’re hoping this infectious music will warm up Pennoyer Park for the first time this concert season … though Mother Nature may have something else in store,” says music director Craig Gall.
The “paradise” theme features several tunes inspired by tropical islands — including the best-ever TV theme (“Hawaii Five-O” by Mort Stevens, which will likely follow audience members home) and “Songs of Aloha,” a new piece to the Pops Band’s library.
“In fact, it’s a new piece period, written in 2014,” Gall said. “It features three very popular Hawaiian songs — ‘Hawaiian Wedding Song,’ ‘Hawaiian War Chant’ and the signature song from Hawaii, ‘Aloha ‘Oe.’”
But Gall is also conducting “In a Persian Market,” a 1920 piece by English composer Albert W. Ketelbey.
“That piece tells a story of a busy market, starting out slowly and building as the caravan approaches the market,” Gall said.
Another non-island piece — “The theme is ‘paradise,’ not necessarily just the tropics,” Gall said — is “The Quiet Village” by Les Baxter.
In his liner notes, Baxter said his 1952 piece takes place in a jungle, “which grows more dense as the river boat slowly makes its way into the deep interior. A snake slithers into the water, flushing a brilliantly plumaged bird who soars into the clearing above a quiet village. Here is a musical portrait of a tropical village deserted in the mid-day heat.”
In 1959, Martin Denny recorded the piece, adding exotic sounds to it. His version was a hit and helped make Hawaiian-style lounge music popular, Gall said.
Gall is also pairing two pieces with ties to Brazil: “But Beautiful” and “The Girl From Ipanema.”
“ ‘But Beautiful’ is from the 1947 Bob Hope/Bing Crosby/Dorothy Lamour movie ‘The Road to Rio,’” Gall said, “and ‘Ipanema’ is Antonio Carlos Jobim’s signature bossa nova song about the girl on the beach in Rio de Janeiro.”
Kenosha native Willis Schaefer composed “Caribeguine,” which Gall describes as “a West Indies-style beguine tune.”
The late Schaefer, who enjoyed a long career composing music for movies and television, was a guest conductor with the Pops Band several years ago.
Another piece on the program — “Jamaican Rumba,” by Australian composer Arthur Benjamin — was written in 1938 and features the percussion section.
Greg Berg, the band’s master of ceremonies, will be the vocalist on highlights from the Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway musical “South Pacific,” and audience members will recognize the melody in “Prince Igor” by Russian composer Alexander Borodin, Gall said.
Many of the pieces on the program feature the Pops Band’s percussion section, including the tunes directed by assistant conductor Garrett Kornman.
“These pieces are inspired by the rhythms of the Caribbean,” he said.
Kornman will lead the band on:
– “St. Thomas” by Sonny Rollins. “He was a tenor saxophone player,” said Kornman — himself a sax player. “St. Thomas” is “a famous, recognizable jazz piece Rollins wrote in the late 1950s.”
– “Caribbean Celebration” by Eric Osterling.
– “Pacific Island Fantasy,” a Sammy Nestico arrangement of the classic Hawaiian tunes “The Moon of Manakoora,” “Tiny Bubbles,” and “Pearly Shells.”
– “Caribbean Fantasy” by John J. Morrissey.

What: The Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s “Pops in Paradise” concert
When: 7 p.m. July 8, 2014
Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, Seventh Avenue and 35th Street
Admission: Free
Rain: If it rains, the concert is canceled

Pops 4th of July Double Play!

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Because the Fourth of July falls on a Friday this year, the Kenosha Pops Concert Band is doubling up, with concerts tonight in Pennoyer Park and Friday night in Wolfenbuttel Park.
“We’re playing two different programs, though you can expect to hear some of the same pieces both nights,” says Craig Gall, the band’s conductor, “We are playing some new pieces this year, but we are also playing traditional patriotic favorites.”
In that spirit — and in the spirit of the July Fourth holiday — we offer a patriotic quiz, with the answers provided by the pieces on the program:
1) What pivotal Civil War battle took place July 1-3 in 1863? The battle of Gettysburg.
The Pops Band is performing “Gettysbug” by Randy Edelman. The music was written for the 1993 movie about the epic battle.
The band is also performing
“Civil War Suite” by Harold Walters, which contains the tunes “All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight” and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home.”
2) What Samuel Augustus Ward hymn was combined with a poem by Katharine Lee Bates and has become a beloved patriotic tune? “America the Beautiful.” The Pops Band is playing Carmen Dragon’s arrangement of the piece.
3) What piece of music is considered our national hymn? “God of Our Fathers,” which Gall calls “a fine arrangement by Thomas Knox,” a former staff arranger for the U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C., popularly known as “the President’s Own” band.
4) Which John Philip Sousa march is named after the Marine Corps’ motto? “Semper Fidelis,” written by Sousa in 1888. (Latin for “always faithful,” Semper Fidelis became the Marine Corps motto in 1883.)
5) When asked to list the three top “street marches” ever written, Sousa listed two of his own compositions, plus a third one he didn’t write. Name that march. Sousa put “National Emblem” on his “top three” list. The march was written in 1902 by Edwin Eugene Bagley.
6) What march is both the official Wisconsin state song and the “fight song” for the University of Wisconsin?
“On, Wisconsin,” with music by William T. Purdy, was adopted as the official state song of Wisconsin on July 11, 1959. And here’s a Sousa connection; he called it “the finest of college marching songs.”
Fun fact: The tune was originally intended for the University of Minnesota, which was having a contest in 1909 for a new football song. Purdy’s friend, Carl Beck, a former University of Wisconsin student, persuaded Purdy to dedicate the new song to the University of Wisconsin. And Beck contributed lyrics.
7) What is a “fencible”? A “fencible” is “an army regiment whose duties include defense against invasion.”
The band is performing Sousa’s “The National Fencibles” march at both concerts. “This is a new piece to the Pops Band’s library,” Gall says, “though it’s not a new piece — it was written in 1888.”
8) What are the official marches of the armed services? “U.S. Field Artillery March” (Army), “Anchor’s Aweigh” (Navy), “U.S. Marines on Parade” (Marine Corps), “Army Air Corps March” (Air Force) and “Semper Paratus” (Coast Guard). Those marches will be performed during both concerts.
9) Which beloved Sousa march is the national march of the United States? By a 1987 act of the U.S. Congress, “The Stars
and Stripes Forever” is the official national march of the United States of America.
10) What Clare Grundman piece will make its Kenosha Pops Concert Band debut tonight and July 4? OK, we don’t expect you to know this, but composer Grundman is a Pops Band favorite.
You’ll brush up on American musical history, thanks to his “Concord” arrangement, which contains tunes from the Revolutionary War era, including “The White Cockade,” featuring Vera Olguin on piccolo and Michael Becker on snare drum, and the melody that composer William Billings wrote to “America” (“My Country ‘Tis of Thee”). “The piece ends with an unorthodox treatment of ‘Yankee Doodle Dandy,’ “ Gall says.Also on the program is Grundman’s “Second Folk Rhapsody,” which includes the traditional folk songs “Billy Boy,” “Skip to My Lou” and “Shenandoah.”

If you go
What: Kenosha Pops Band performance
When: 7 p.m. July 2, 2014
Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, 35th Street and Seventh Avenue
Admission:Free
Only at this concert: Greg Berg, the Pops Band’s master of ceremonies, will sing the vocal parts on “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “America the Beautiful”

Only at this concert 2: The band runs a concession stand during Pennoyer Park performances, selling soda, candy and that world-famous Pops Band popcorn. (There won’t be Pops concessions on July 4, but you’ll find other food vendors at the lakefront.)
Only at this concert 3: You could win a fabulous prize. The band asks a trivia question each week, with prizes including gift certificates to local restaurants. (There’s no trivia question at the July 4 concert.)

Pre-fireworks show
What: Kenosha Pops Band’s July 4 performance
When: 7 p.m. July 4, 2014
Where: Wolfenbuttel Park on Kenosha’s lakefront, 5801 Third Ave.
Only at this concert: Kathryn Thorson, a member of the band’s flute section, will sing the vocal parts on “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “America the Beautiful”
Only at this concert 2: The Pops Band’s July 4 concert ends with the band’s annual “Salute to the Services Medley” — including official marches of the armed services: “U.S. Field Artillery March” (Army), “Anchor’s Aweigh” (Navy), “U.S. Marines on Parade” (Marine Corps), “Army Air Corps March” (Air Force) and “Semper Paratus” (Coast Guard). The march medley will finish with an echo “Taps,” followed by the national anthem and “Stars and Stripes Forever.” (Those pieces will also be performed during the July 2 concert, but not as a grand
finale medley.)
Only at this concert 3: Fireworks will start about 9:30 p.m., after the concert, and are visible all along the lakefront

Continental Band performing
July 4 Before the Pops Band’s 7 p.m.
July 4 concert, the Continental Recreation Band will perform, starting at 6:15 p.m.
The Kenosha Unified School District summer band, made up of about 75 students who will be in seventh grade in the fall, is directed by Brittany Sebetic, a bass clarinet player with the Pops Band. She is an elementary band teacher at four KUSD schools.
The Continental Band will perform a separate program, featuring “Electricity” by Brian Balmages, “The Quest for Uluru” by James Swearingen and “Music of the Night” from the Broadway musical “The Phantom of the Opera,” and will then join the Pops Band on “American Patriot Salute” by Larry Neeck.
The Continental Band has two more performances this summer: July 10 at Tremper HIgh School and July 15 Kemper Center,
as part of the Band Boosters’ Ice Cream Social event.

Reconcilable Differences

Reconcilable Differences

CYO Band selling ‘sack lunch’ before the concert
The CYO Band is selling a “sack lunch” for $7 before the June 25 Kenosha Pops Band concert.
The meal — a hot beef sandwich with soda and chips — will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the St. Catherine Commons Community Room across the street from Pennoyer Park. Patrons can eat the meal in the community room or take it to the park. Funds raised will go to the Bob Willems Music Scholarship for the CYO Band. Willems, a longtime member of the Pops Band who died in the fall of 2009, was also a supporter of the CYO Band. (Note: The meal will be served even if the concert is rained out.)

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band continues its 92nd season of free concerts in Pennoyer Park with “The Pops Play Reconcilable Differences.”
The Pops Band is out to prove the old saying — “opposites attract” — is true with a program of musical “yin and yangs,” says music director Craig Gall.
Tonight’s theme goes back to “Roots,” the landmark 1970s TV miniseries.
“We’ve seen that music in the Pops Band’s library for years, but we could never think of a theme that would work with ‘Roots,’ “ Gall said of himself and assistant conductor Garrett Kornman. The two come up with concert themes each spring. “Then we saw ‘Trees’ (a piece written by Oscar Rasbach , based on the poem by Joyce Kilmer and featuring trombone soloist John Schoettler) and figured ‘that’s the opposite of roots.’
“This is a brand new theme that should be entertaining for our audience.”
Other opposite pairings on the program include:
– The theme from the movie “Summer of ‘42” contrasted with “Winterscape,” featuring John Sorensen on the flugelhorn.
– The concert band march “Sunburst” by Eric Osterling vs. “Moon River,” by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer. Lou Rugani — who hosts WLIP radio’s “Remembering Kenosha” and “The Music of the Stars” — is the vocalist on this piece.
– Rugani is also the vocalist on the American Songbook standard “Over the Rainbow,” which is paired with “Under the Sea” from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid.”
– Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango,” paired with John Philip Sousa’s “The Black Horse Troop” march.
“It’s black and blue … not really opposites,” Gall said, “though they are reconcilable.”
– The Sammy Nestico piece “American Spice,” paired with a medley of songs from “Sweet Charity,” including “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “It’s a Nice Face,” “I’m a Brass Band” and “Big Spender.”
“This is the first time ‘Sweet Charity’ has been played on the Pops stage in decades,” Gall said.
– “Cowboy Fantasy,” a Bill Holcombe piece that includes such familiar tunes as “Home on the Range,” “Red River Valley” and “The Streets of Lardeo,” opposite “Indian Love Call.” That song is from “Rose Marie.” The work premiered on Broadway in 1924, running for 557 performances. It was filmed twice in 1928, once in 1936 and again in 1954. “Indian Love Call” became Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy’s “signature song,”
The program opens — and closes — with two pieces that are self-contained polar opposites.
Kornman will open the concert with “Alpha and Omega” by Paul Yoder. The piece contains the beginnings and endings of several well-known tunes.
Then Gall will close the program with “Sol Y Sombra.”
“It was written by American composer George Gates, who was writing in the paso doble march style heard at bull fights. The title refers to the selling of tickets on the sunny or shady sides of the arena,” Gall said.
The June weather has also been a study in contrasts: The calendar says “summer,” but — so far — most of the days have been more like “winter.”

What: The Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s “Reconcilable Differences” concert
When: 7 p.m. June 25, 2014
Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, Seventh Avenue and 35th Street
Admission: Free
Rain: If it rains, the concert is canceled

Pops Band opens 2014 season with ‘The Great Outdoors’ concert

Opening Night!

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band opens its 92nd season Wednesday evening (June 18) by going back to nature.
The concert’s theme is “Pops in the Great Outdoors,” an evening of songs related to nature.
“I hope to see everyone in Pennoyer Park for our opening night,” said Garrett Kornman, who added that he is “starting my 12th season conducting the band.”
Alluding to the threat of wet weather Wednesday, Kornman said he hopes “that four-letter word — rain — stays away.”
The program will include:
The Walking Frog.” “This is an old two-step tune by Karl King that features our trombone section,” Kornman said.
Fly Me to the Moon.” William Frabizio arranged the Bart Howard song specifically for band, Kornman said. “This is not a straight-ahead vocal arrangement.”
Two vocal selections — Hoagy Carmichael’s “Star Dust” and Richard Rodgers’ “Blue Moon” — performed by Greg Berg, the band’s master of ceremonies
Cool Water,” a Bob Nolan tune made famous by the Sons of the Pioneers.
Soundtrack highlights from Disney’s “The Lion King.”
Sea Songs,” a collection of “classic British sailing songs by R. Vaughan Williams,” Kornman said. “This is one of the original band compositions.”
Green is Green,” an old Bohemian polka arranged by Ernest Broeniman, the leader of the Dorf Kappelle German Band.
The Leroy Anderson tune “Summer Skies.” “This is a nice piece that was in the Pops Band’s library,” Kornman said. “It’s not one of his better-known tunes.”
Loch Lomond,” a Scottish tune “given more of a swing treatment by arranger Sammy Mestico,” Kornman said.
The Johnny Mercer tune “Autumn Leaves.”
Soft Winds,” a Bill Holcombe piece “that was also in the Pops library, but which we haven’t played since I’ve been in the band,” Kornman said.
Prairie Reflections,” a medley of familiar tunes — “Along the Navajo Trail,” “Nobody’s Darlin’ But Mine” and “Just Because.”
The “Red Raven Polka” because “you have to have a polka,” Kornman said, “and a bird is part of nature.”
And — proving the Pops Band’s conductors can stretch a theme around a Broadway show medley — the “Great Outdoors” concert includes songs from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Carousel.” As Kornman explained, “It is a manmade object, but it is usually found outside … in the great outdoors. Also, it includes the song ‘June is Bustin’ Out All Over,’ and it is June.”
Finally, audience members may want to come armed with feather boas for the burlesque tune “The Stripper,” which Kornman calls “the high-art portion of the evening.”
(And if you assumed “The Stripper” was included to be “au natural,” you are correct.)
Note: Kornman will be manning the podium by himself Wednesday; the band’s conductor, Craig Gall, is expected to return June 25.

 

What: The Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s opening night concert
When: 7 p.m. June 18, 2014
Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, Seventh Avenue and 35th Street
Admission: Free
Rain: If it rains, the concert is canceled

Coming Soon…

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The Kenosha Pops is already in rehearsal for the 2014 Season!  A pre-season concert is set for this Saturday June 7th at the Civil War Museum.  Check below for a quick view of another summer with the Pops!!

June 18 — “Pops in the Great Outdoors” with “green”-theme tunes
June 25 — “The Pops Plays Reconcilable Differences” with tunes that are in “opposition” to each other
July 2 and 4 — “Patriotic Concerts”
July 9 — “Pops in Paradise,” a South Seas theme
July 16 — “My Kind of Towns,”  tunes with city names
July 23 — “Pops in Tribute,” playing medlies of tunes by composers, entertainers, etc.
July 30 — “What’s in a Name?” … songs with names in the titles
Aug. 6 — “Best of …” featuring favorites from the summer season.

All concerts start at 7 p.m. in Pennoyer Park, except July 4th is in Wolfenbuttel Park.

NOTE: The Pops is playing a pre-season concert at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 7, in the Civil War Museum. Free admission. One-hour concert.

2013 Kenosha Pops Season Finale!

Kenosha Pops 91st Season Finale

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is closing its 91st season Wednesday night (Aug. 7) with a program of favorites from this summer’s performances.

The band’s musical director, Craig Gall, says: “We had another great season of music making for the Kenosha community. And we appreciate all their support. Our faithful audience members filled Pennoyer Park all summer. We also thank the city of Kenosha and our other sponsors for their continued support.”

Highlights that Gall mentions include “sharing a concert again with the Navy Band from Great Lakes and all the new music — about 15 tunes — that we added to the Pops Band’s library this summer.”

Assistant Conductor Garrett Kornman “thanks the band members for all their support. It’s because of them that Craig and I get to stand up in front and wave our arms every week.”

He added, “This is a great group of musicians, and I really appreciate everyone’s efforts this summer.”

Kornman’s favorite concert this summer was the “Evening of Jazz and Swing” concert on XX.

Tonight, the program features pieces from several of the group’s concerts this summer — and one piece, Neil Diamond’s hit “Sweet Caroline,” from last week’s “What’s in a Name?” concert that was rained out. (Gall says the program, featuring songs with names in the title, will be performed next summer.)

From the band’s opening concert on June 19:

– Highlights from the Broadway musical “Camelot.”

– “Moonlight Masquerade,” one of the new pieces purchased this summer.

– The medley “Big Beat Dixieland Concerto,” featuring the tunes “Dinah,” “Who’s Sorry Now” and “Margie.”

The piece, arranged by James D. Ployhar, features a Dixieland combo made up of Pops members Tim Bell, Marvin Miller, Kevin Velvikis, John Schoettler, Dave Boyd and Paul Westphal.

– Warren Barker’s arrangement “Hoagy Carmichael in Concert,” featuring several of the composer’s best-known numbers, including “In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening,” “Heart and Soul” and “Stardust.”

From the June 26 “Nautical Night” concert:

– “Moon River,” a Johnny Mercer/Henry Mancini piece with vocals by master of ceremonies Greg Berg.

– “Guadalcanal March” from the “Victory at Sea” music written by Richard Rodgers. “This is our first performance of this entire march,” Gall says. “Before this concert, we had played a portion of this march as part of medley of the ‘Victory at Sea’ music from the TV series.”

From the July 3 “Partiotic Preview” concert:

– “God of Our Fathers,” which Gall calls “a fine arrangement by Thomax Knox of what is known as our national hymn.” Knox is a former staff arranger for the U.S. Marine Band in Washington, D.C., popularly known as “the President’s Own” band.

– “The Chimes of Liberty” march by Edwin Franko Goldman.

– John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

From the July 10 “European Holiday Part 2″ concert:

The “Knightsbridge March” by Eric Coates, who Gall calls “the Leroy Anderson of Great Britain” for composing popular light orchestral works.

– “Come Back to Sorrento,” which is “the quintessential Italian ballad,” Gall says.

From the July 17 “An Evening of jazz and Swing Music” concert:

Another new Pops piece, the medley “Legends of Jazz,” featuring “Boplicity” from the landmark Miles David album “Birth of the Cool,” the ballad ” ‘Round Midnight” by Thelonious Monk and Duke Ellington’s “In a Mellow Tone.”

– “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans,” made famous by Louis Armstrong.

From the July 24 “Pops Goes the Weasel” children’s concert:

– Tunes from the animated film “Aladdin.”

The program will also feature “Old Scottish Melody” — better known as “Auld Lang Syne.” That traditional piece, sung by Berg, has become the band’s signature sign-off each season.

“It’s always sad to see the summer season end,” Gall said, adding, “but we’ll see everyone Dec. 21 at Carthage College for our Christmas concert.”

If you go

What: The Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s concert of encores from the 2013 season

When: 7 Wednesday night (Aug. 7)

Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, at 35th Street and Seventh Avenue on Kenosha’s lakefront

Admission: Free

Next concert: Christmas concert, Dec. 21 at Carthage College

 

What’s in a Name?

What's in a name?

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s program Wednesday night (July 31) on the band shell in Pennoyer Park — called “What’s in a Name?” — “is a unique night of music, with some pieces our audience will recognize … and some pieces they may not have heard of before,” says Craig Gall, the band’s musical director.

Assistant Conductor Garrett Kornman says it took the two of them “a full Saturday of digging through the extensive Pops Band music library to come up with the music to fit this theme.” To “qualify” for this concert, a tune has to have a name in its title. Thus, the program features songs from “Laura” to “Spartacus.”

Gall will lead the band on:

– “Julida Polka.” The lyrics include these lines: “I’ve got a girlfriend/She calls me Honey/We go to taverns/To spend her money … Oy ya Julida/Oy ya Julida/Oy ya Julida/She’s the girl for me.” (It’s about a woman named Julida, so it fits the  theme.)

– The”Grand March” from Verdi’s opera “Aida” about an Ethiopian princess enslaved by the Egyptians.

– Neil Diamond’s hit “Sweet Caroline.” This piece, Gall says, will involve some
audience participation.

– Music from the 1960 film “Spartacus,” starring Kirk Douglas as the rebellious slave Spartacus, who rebels against the Romans. (Fun fact: The film became the biggest moneymaker in Universal Studios’ history, an honor it held for a decade until it was surpassed by “Airport” in 1970.)

– “The Terry Theme” written by Charlie Chaplin for his 1952 movie “Limelight.” Chaplin wrote, directed, produced, edited, scored, and starred in most of his films.

– A medley of tunes from the Lerner and Loewe musical “Gigi.” Robert Russell Bennett arranged the music for concert band “and this is one of Bennett’s best arrangements of Broadway music,” Gall says. “The transitions are seamless, and there are a lot of great tunes in here,” including “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” and “The Night They Invented Champagne.”

– “Irene Overture” by Joseph McCarthy and Harry Tierney. “This dates way  back, to 1919, on Broadway,” Gall says. Tunes in the medley include “Alice Blue Gown,” “Irene” and “To Be Worthy.”

–”Anitra’s Dance” by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. The piece is part of the music called “Peer Gynt, Op. 23,” written as music to accompany Henrik Ibsen’s 1867 play of the same name. “The inimitable Sammy Nestico did the piece in a jazz waltz and swing style,” Gall says.

– Rod McKuen’s song “Jean” from the 1969 movie “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.” Master of ceremonies Greg Berg will be the vocalist on the tune.

– “Tara’s Theme” from “Gone with the Wind.” (Technically, this song is named for a plantation, not a person, but a name’s a name.)

– David Raskin’s tune “Laura,” the famous theme from the 1944 film noir classic.

Kornman is leading the band on:

– “Ballad for Barbara” by Bill Holcombe. “This piece has been in our music library for years,” Kornman says, “But we haven’t played it in the 20 years or so I’ve been in the Pops Band.”

– Music from 1947 Broadway musical “Finian’s Rainbow,” including the tunes
“How are Things in Glocca Morra” and “Old Devil Moon.”

– “Nadia’s Theme,” which is also the theme to the long-running CBS soap opera
“The Young and the Restless.”

– “Mack the Knife” by Kurt Weill. “This arrangement by Ken Dye is a different
take on the familiar piece,” Kornman says.

In concert

What: Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s “What’s in a Name?” program

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday (July 31)

Where: On the band shell in Pennoyer Park, located at 35th Street and Seventh Avenue on Kenosha’s lakefront

Admission: Free
The other concerts this season are:

Aug. 7 — Encore Night:
The Pops wraps up its 91st season by playing some of this summer’s favorites.

During the performances, the Pops Band operates a concession stand, offering  popcorn, candy, soda, coffee and water.