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“This is a brand new theme we’re trying out,” said Craig Gall, the band’s conductor. “We encourage audience members to wear their favorite team apparel.”
Garrett Kornman, the band’s assistant conductor, said the sports theme “came about because we were looking for some new music and heard the NFL Films piece. And with the Olympics opening next week, it was perfect for this summer. People will recognize many of these pieces.”
Olympics-related pieces include:
– John Williams’ themes from two different Olympics games — “The Olympic Spirit” from the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, and “Olympic Fanfare and theme” from the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
– “Olympische Hymne,” composed by Richard Strauss for the 1936 Berlin Games.
– “Nadia’s Theme,” which became associated with the Olympics after it was used by ABC during its coverage of the 1976 Olympics in Montreal when Nadia Comaneci of Romania won perfect scores in gymnastics. “If you’re not a sports fan, you might know this as the theme to the soap opera ‘The Young and the Restless,’ ” Gall said.
– The band’s brass section will be featured on “Bugler’s Dream” by Leo Arnaud. The tune became famous in 1968 when ABC used it for its coverage of the Olympics.
Another baseball-related piece is “The National Game” march by John Philip Sousa. The 1925 song was written to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National League. Sousa was a huge baseball fan, and his Sousa Band fielded a team.
The nation’s real national game — football — is represented by several pieces, including:
– “NFL Films: Music of the Gridiron.”
– The “NFL On Fox Theme.”
– Henry Filmmore’s “Orange Bowl” march.
– And Eric Karll’s “Go! You Packers Go!” the official Green Bay Packers fight song.
Kornman is conducting two pieces from sports movies:
– “Fanfare for Rocky” by Bill Conti. “This is the version that was used in the 1976 movie and not the rock ’n’ roll version most people know,” Kornman said.
– Another selection — music from the Oscar-winning film “Chariots of Fire” — also has an Olympics connection. The 1981 British drama tells the story of two athletes competing in the 1924 Paris Olympics.
Kornman is also leading the band on “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” as performed by the Dropkick Murphys. “This is a song played in stadiums to get the crowd pumped up,” Kornman said.
Heading in a different direction, Kornman is also conducting “The Skaters’ Waltz” by Emile Waldteufel. “He was the Parisian waltz king,” Kornman said, “and was inspired to write the 1882 piece after seeing a skaters’ rink in Paris.”
Proving that they can stretch a theme, Gall and Kornman are conducting two songs that don’t immediately seem connected to sports:
– Kenneth J. Alford’s 1914 “Colonel Bogey” march — famously heard in “The Bridge on the River Kwai” movie fits the theme because a bogey is a golf term meaning “one over par.” And, Kornman says of his own golf game, “a bogey for me is good.” (Supposedly, the tune was inspired by a military man and golfer who whistled instead of shouting “Fore!”)
– The band is also playing the “Kammerfensterl Polka” because, as Gall notes, “Two to three hours of polka dancing is good aerobic exercise.” Also, Milwaukee’s German Fest starts Friday, and Gall is performing there as part of the Dorf Kappelle band. (1 to 6 p.m. Saturday).
The program, which includes everything from Broadway musicals to a tune written by the former King of Cambodia, should “help people broaden their musical horizons,” said Garrett Kornman, the band’s assistant conductor.
The Broadway songs include works by Rodgers and Hammerstein — “The March of the Siamese Children” from the 1951 hit musical “The King and I” and a medley of songs from 1958’s “Flower Drum Song,” including the show’s biggest hit, “I Enjoy Being a Girl.”
Also from Broadway are highlights from “Miss Saigon,” including “The Last Night of the World,” “The American Dream” and “I Still Believe.” That medley features John Sorensen on trumpet and Pat O’Dell on alto saxophone.
The tune written by His Royal Highness Prince Norodom, the former king of Cambodia, is called “Sakrava” and features a clarinet solo played by Chip Mulholland and a baritone solo played by Katie Poole. “This is a very haunting melody; it’s very delicate,” Gall said.
One of the songs has to do with a classic game — “Pachinko” by Paul Yoder. “The percussion heard in this piece emulates the sounds of the Japanese pinball machines,” Kornman said.
Japanese folks songs are represented, too, with the band playing “Japanese Fantasy” by Frank Erickson and “Japanese Rhapsody” by Clare Grundman. Both pieces are based on traditional Japanese songs.
Three of the tunes are new to the Pops Band’s library this summer:
– “Japanese,” a recently discovered piece by George Gershwin. The piece was likely written in 1918 and was later reworked by Gershwin for one of his Broadway scores.
– “Yagi-Bushi,” a Japanese folk song arranged by Naohiro Iwai. Gall heard it on a recording years ago, “and I have been looking for years for this piece,” he said. “Yagi-Bushi” features Dave Kapralian on the trumpet.
– “Dragon Boat Festival” by Michael Boo. The piece — a percussion showcase — celebrates dragon boat races in China.
Also on the program:
– “Akebono,” a Japanese naval craft march.
– “Dawn Breaks at a Shinto Shrine,” which contains those rare words in music — “bass drum cadenza.”
“This piece really paints a picture of the peaceful shrine at dawn,” Gall said. “It’s a fascinating tone poem and the most peculiar piece on the program.”
– “China Doll” by Pops favorite Leroy Anderson.
– “Double Happiness” by Joseph Curiale.
Audience members will want to grab some of that world-famous Kenosha Pops Band popcorn from the concession stand on July 13 for the band’s movie-themed “Lights! Camera! Pops!” concert at the band shell in Pennoyer Park. Craig Gall, the band’s conductor, says the program’s coming attractions include two pieces that are new to the band’s music library this summer:
– “The Great Race” contains songs from the 1965 Blake Edwards comedy, starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, Natalie Wood and Peter Falk.
– “Bond … James Bond” features four of 007’s most famous theme songs — “Goldfinger,” “Nobody Does it Better,” “Skyfall” and “Live and Let Die.”
Superheroes are represented by the “Captain America March” and the ballad “Can You Read my Mind” from the 1978 movie “Superman.”
Familiar movie music on the program also includes the iconic Elmer Bernstein score from the 1960 Western “The Magnificent Seven,” the Oscar-winning “Over the Rainbow” from 1939’s “The Wizard of Oz” and the title song “The Way We Were” from the 1973 movie starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford.
And while there’s no truth to the rumor that you should show up for the concert wearing a toga, the program does feature music from some of Hollywood’s biggest “sword and sandal” desert epics, including:
– “Parade of the Charioteers” from the 1959 film “Ben-Hur.” The powerful score, by Miklós Rózsa, is the longest ever composed for a motion picture.
– The theme from the 1962 movie “Lawrence of Arabia.” The Oscar-winning score was composed by Maurice Jarre, who was given just six weeks to create two hours of orchestral music. Gall describes this driving piece as “a percussionist’s paradise.”
– Composer John Williams’ marches from various “Star Wars” films, which moved classic Hollywood action to space. Tunes heard in the piece include the main theme from the first movie; “Parade of the Ewoks” from “Return of the Jedi”; “The Imperial March” from “The Empire Strikes Back”; and “Augie’s Great Municipal Band” from “The Phantom Menace.”
The Pops Band is “saluting classic movies,” Gall said, “with some powerful music.”
Also on the program:
– The “Midway March” from the 1976 film. That movie’s score is also by Williams.
– “Aces High March” from the 1969 film “Battle of Britain.”
– A medley of “Unforgettable” and “Smile” — a song written by movie great Charlie Chaplin. Kenosha native Will Schaefer, who had a long career composing music for movies and television, arranged the piece.
– A song from John Huston’s 1952 film “Moulin Rouge,” with vocals by master of ceremonies Greg Berg.
And the band will set the stage for all this movie madness by performing the “Marcus Theaters Theme,” arranged by Marty Robinson, a UW-Oshkosh professor of trumpet and jazz studies.
The Kenosha Unified School District’s K-L Band — made up of 134 students who will be in sixth grade this fall — is performing at 6:15 p.m., before the Pops Band’s program On July 13, 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 tonight, performing the “Midnight Suite” by Brian Balmages. That piece has three parts — “Midnight Mission,” “Midnight Sky” and “Midnight Madness.” K-L is also performing “Bugler’s Dream” (better known as the familiar Olympic fanfare) and “Triple Threat.”
Gall will also “sprinkle in a few of the rock ’n’ roll arrangements from the concert two weeks ago that had to be canceled due to heavy rains.” (Gall admits using the term “sprinkle” might not be wise with another forecast that calls for possible showers, but he’s willing to take that chance.)
Still, you might be looking for a reason to attend tonight’s concert — especially if you’re still recovering from a weekend packed with holiday events. How about 10 reasons? With apologies to David Letterman, we offer the Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend the Pops Band’s Patriotic Re-View:
10. You’ll get to hear our national march one more time. That’s John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” named the official national march of the United States of America in 1987.
9. Greg Berg sings! During the program, Berg, the band’s master of ceremonies, will sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “You Raise Me Up,” a piece made famous by Josh Groban.
8. By the end of the program, you can amaze your friends and family by naming the official march of the U.S. Coast Guard (“Semper Paratus”). Listen for the official marches of the other U.S. armed services, too — “U.S. Field Artillery March” (Army), “Anchor’s Aweigh” (Navy), “U.S. Marines on Parade” (Marine Corps) and “Army Air Corps March” (Air Force).
7. You’ll relive the early days of Sonny and Cher. The “Sounds of Sonny and Cher,” a Bill Holcombe arrangement, contains early hits by the duo — “Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves,” “A Cowboy’s Work is Never Done” and “Living in a House Divided.”
6. You’ll enjoy two pieces that show off the Pops Band’s brass section. The trumpets and other brass instruments are featured on “Pop and Rock Legends: Chicago,” an arrangement by John Wasson of tunes made famous by the band Chicago, including “Make Me Smile,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” “Saturday in the Park” and “25 or 6 to 4.” Brass musicans also shine on the Earth, Wind and Fire hit “September.”
5. You’ll hear Diana Ross’ first solo hit and favorites by Carole King. Assistant Conductor Garrett Kornman is conducting “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” made famous by Ross, and a medley of hits from King’s album “Tapestry,” including “You’ve Got a Friend,” “So Far Away,” “I Feel the Earth Move” and “Tapestry.”
4. You’ll brush up on American musical history, thanks to two pieces arranged by Pops favorite Clare Grundman. “The Spirit of ’76” features songs from the Revolutionary War era, including “Washington’s March at Trenton,” “Yankee Doodle,” “Norah, Dear Norah” and “Chester.” Grundman also arranged traditional pieces in his “American Folk Rhapsody No. 3.”
3. You’ll mark the 153rd anniversary of a pivotal Civil War battle. The battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania was fought July 1-3, 1863. Kornman is directing the band on “Gettsyburg,” music from the 1993 movie about the epic battle.
2. Sick of marches? How about a hymn? “God of Our Fathers” is “a fine arrangement by Thomas Knox of what is known as our national hymn,” Gall said.
1. Three words: Pops Band popcorn! The band runs a concession stand during Pennoyer Park performances, selling soda, popcorn and candy.
In the spirit of the July Fourth holiday, we offer a patriotic quiz, with the answers provided by the pieces on the program:
1) Which patriotic song was originally sung by British military officers to mock the disheveled, disorganized colonial “Yankees”?
“Yankee Doodle.” Audience members will hear the familiar tune as part of Clare Grundman’s “The Spirit of ’76,” which features songs from the Revolutionary War era, including “Washington’s March at Trenton,” “Yankee Doodle,” “Norah, Dear Norah” and “Chester.”
2) 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 are part of the band’s annual “Salute to the Services Medley,” finishing the concert with an echo “Taps,” the national anthem and “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
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 tune 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. And it wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without hearing this tune!
5) Which Sousa march was used as theme song for the British TV comedy series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”?
“The Liberty Bell.” Also, the U.S. Marine Corps Band has played “The Liberty Bell” march at four of the last six presidential inaugurations, in 1993, 2005, 2009 and 2013.
6) Which Sousa march was supposedly named for “the explosive sounds of the drum and bugle?
“The Thunderer.” One of Sousa’s most popular marches, the 1889 tune was used on ABC News as election music from 1968 to 1972.
7) Which Sousa march was derived from an 1896 operetta?
“El Capitan.” The piece was Sousa’s most successful stage work.
8.) What Irving Berlin tune became the signature song of singer Kate Smith?
“God Bless America.” Also, over the decades, the 1938 song has earned millions for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, to whom Berlin assigned all royalties.
9) What Civil War battle was fought July 1 to 3, 1863?
The battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. Garrett Kornman, the band’s assistant conductor, is directing the band on “Gettsyburg,” from the 1993 movie about the epic battle.
10) 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.
“National Emblem.” The march was written in 1902 by Edwin Eugene Bagley.
The Pops is also performing “Within These Hallowed Halls,” a setting of “Amazing Grace” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by James Swearingen. The band’s master of ceremonies, Greg Berg, will read the song’s narration, which includes quotes from U.S. presidents Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy.
By Liz Snyder
The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is closing its season Aug. 5, 2015, with a program of favorites from this summer’s performances. The band’s musical director, Craig Gall, says: “We had another great summer of music making for the Kenosha community. And we appreciate all their support.” Tonight’s program, he said, “features pieces from every concert we played. We had a lot of fun themes, and our indoor concert was a real treat for us, too. We were able to play more difficult pieces that don’t work well outside.”
Assistant Conductor Garrett Kornman said, as he does every summer, “I can’t believe it’s the end of another Pops Band season. It seems to go by so fast every year. This is a great group of musicians, and I really appreciate everyone’s efforts this summer.” It was a particularly busy season on the podium for Kornman, who worked solo in front of the band for two weeks while Gall was at a music festival in the Czech Republic.
The program features:
From the band’s “Welcome Back Potpourri” concert on June 17:
•“The Glory of the Brass,” arranged by Ernest Broeniman, the leader of the Dorf Kappelle German band that performs every fall at Kemper Center’s Oktoberfest.
•A medley of songs from “The Sound of Music.” The movie is celebrating its 50th anniversary, but this arrangement also features tunes from the Broadway production that were cut from the film.
•“Cinema Paradiso” — from the 1988 Italian film — featuring Kornman on the alto saxophone.
•A medley of tunes by the Mamas & The Papas, including “Monday, Monday,” “Dream a Little Dream of Me” and “California Dreamin.’ ”
From the June 24 “Pops Through the Decades” concert:
•“Twentiana,” a medley of several songs from the 1920s, including “I Want to be Happy,” “Bye, Bye, Blackbird,” “Charleston” and “Tea for Two.”
•“I Write the Songs,” which was a huge hit for Barry Manilow in the 1970s.
•“Africa,” as performed by the band Toto in the 1980s.
•The “Captain America March” from the superhero movie.
From the July 4 patriotic favorites program:
•John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” the official national march of the United States of America.
From the July 8 “Latin Lilt” concert:
•“Cumana” by Barclay Allen. This was the theme song in the 1940 s for Allen’s big band.
From the July 15 children’s concert:
•Tunes from the Broadway musical “Annie,” including “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything bu You” and “Tomorrow.”
From the July 22 “Technicolor” concert:
•“The Greenbriars of Wexley.” Master American composer Sammy Nestico wrote this concert march, Kornman said.
•The Rodgers and Hart classic “Blue Moon.”
From the July 29 “Symphonic Pops” indoor concert:
•“Flourish for Wind Band,” written by Ralph Vaughn Williams as an overture to a pageant held in London in 1939.
The program will also feature “Old Scottish Melody” — better known as “Auld Lang Syne.” That traditional piece, sung by master of ceremonies Greg 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. 19 at Carthage College for our Christmas concert.”