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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.



Before we talk about Wednesday night’s Kenosha Pops Concert Band lineup, we need to make something clear: No wolves were harmed in the making of this program.  Still, wolves are the villains in two narrated pieces during the Children’s Concert.

Craig Gall, the band’s musical director, will narrate “Peter and the Wolf” by Sergei Prokofiev. The piece was written in 1936 in the Soviet Union as a children’s story with both music and text by Prokofiev. This piece has been performed numerous times over several decades. In February 2004, former world leaders Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev teamed up with  actress Sophia Loren and won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for Children for their performance of the piece.

Garrett Kornman, the Pops’ assistant conductor, will narrate “The Three Little Pigs,” described as “a comedy sketch by composer Guy Foreman.”

Moving away from big, bad wolves, the band’s program will also include Disney pieces:
– Music from the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie.

– Tunes from the animated film “Aladdin.”

– Variations on “It’s a Small World,” with the familiar Disney amusement park ride music done as a waltz, a march and an “island”-style tempo.

The band also goes to the circus, with two pieces:

– The frantic march “Thunder and Blazes.”

– Karl King’s “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite” march.

Two of the pieces are new to the Pops Band’s extensive music library:

– “The Toy Trumpet.” “This piece is from 1937, written by Raymond Scott,” Gall says. “It was a popular encore piece at Boston Pops concerts. Our version will feature John Sorensen on the trumpet solo.”

– “March of the Two Left Feet.” “This is a lesser-known piece by Pops favorite Leroy Anderson that was just recently scored for band by John Boyd,” Gall says.

The program also features what Gall calls “oldies but goodies”:

– “Children’s March” by Edwin Franko Goldman. The piece is a medley containing the classic children’s songs “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” “The Farmer in the Dell” and “Three Blind Mice.” Gall says to “listen for miscellaneous noisemakers from the percussion section.”

– “London Bridge,” as arranged in a swing style by Sammy Nestico.

And television cartoon themes feature in other pieces:

– “Cartoon Symphony,” a medley arranged by Larry Clark and featuring the themes from “The Jetsons,” “The Simpsons” and “Merrily We Roll Along.”

– “Meet the Flintstones” from the Hanna-Barbera animated TV series.

– The theme from the 1960s cartoon “Spider-Man.”

Finally, the “Böhmischer Traum” polka is on the program “not because it has anything to do with our children’s concert theme,” Gall says, “but because German Fest is in Milwaukee this weekend.” “Böhmischer Traum,” written in 1999, “is still the hottest polka in Europe,” Gall says. “You can find all kinds of clips on YouTube of European groups playing it.”

The Pops is borrowing the polka from the Dorf Kapelle German band, whose members include Gall. Dorf Kapelle is performing Saturday and Sunday at German Fest.

In concert

What: Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s Children’s Concert program
When: 7 p.m. Wednesday (July 24)

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:

July 31 — What’s in a Name?

This theme is centered around songs with names in the title, including “Jean,” “Spartacus, “Gigi,” etc.

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.

An Evening of Jazz

An Evening of Jazz

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is ready to swing Wednesday night (July 17) on the band shell in Pennoyer Park, playing a program filled with big band favorites.

“This concert should appeal to everyone,” says Craig Gall, the band’s musical director, “because it covers many styles of jazz, from the earliest Dixieland tunes to big band favorites and up through the be-bop stylings of Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie.”

As for Assistant Conductor Garrett Kornman, he “has been looking forward to this concert the most all summer. I get to cut loose and play my horn on this one. It’s an exciting program for a saxophone player.” Indeed. Kornman — and the rest of the Pops’ saxophone section — are featured on “A Night in Tunisia” by John “Dizzy” Gillespie and Frank Paparelli.

Kornman  is also featured playing the alto saxophone on “Indiana,” a swing version of an old Dixieland standard, as part of a Dixieland combo that also includes Pops members Chip Millholland (clarinet), John Schoettler (trombone) and John Sorensen (trumpet).
There’s also a Dixieland combo — featuring Tim Bell (clarinet), Marv Miller (tenor saxophone), Paul Westphal (drums), Dave Boyd (tuba), Sorensen and Schoettler — on the medley “Dixieland Jam,” arranged by Bob Lowden and featuring the tunes “Maple Leaf Rag,” “Bill Bailey” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Gall will also lead the band on:

– “Yes Indeed!” by Sy Oliver. “This is a new piece to the Pops library this summer,” Gall says. Master of ceremonies Greg Berg will be the vocalist on
the tune, which was recorded by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra in the early 1940s.

– Another new Pops piece is the medley “Legends of Jazz,” a medley 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.” This piece, Gall says, “showcases later jazz stylings after the big band era.”

– “Big Band Spectacular,” a medley arranged by John Higgins that includes the tunes “In the Mood” by Glenn Miller, “Satin Doll” by Duke Ellington, “At the Woodside” by Milwaukee native Woody Herman, “Ciribiribin” by Harry James and “Big Noise from Winnetka” by the Bob (brother of Bing) Crosby Orchestra.

– “Big Band Bash,” arranged by Lowden and featuring “Artistry in Rhythm,” “Moonlight Serenade” and “Take the ‘A’ Train.”

– “Here’s That Rainy Day,” which Gall calls “a James Van Heusen chestnut made famous by a Stan Kenton recording.”

Kornman is leading the band on:

– “Big Band Showcase,” which features songs — “Undecided,” “I Can’t Get Started,” “Boog Woogie Bugle Boy” — from various big band leaders.

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

– “St. Thomas,” made famous by saxophonist Sonny Rollins. “It has the sounds of the islands,” Kornman says.

– “Saint Louis Blues March” by W.C. Handy.

– “The Blues!” That medley, arranged by Sammy Nestico, features well-known blues tunes “Birth of the Blues,” “Blues in the Night” and “Limehouse Blues.”

In addition to all the jazz and blues pieces, the Pops Band is also playing “Badger Legionnaire.” Gall says an audience member requested this piece, written by George Manupella, who directed the Pops Band from 1924 to 1961.


In concert
What: Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s “Jazz and Swing Night” program

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday (July 17)

Pre-concert music: Starting at 6:30 p.m., the Pat Crawford Jazz Combo will perform Dixieland tunes

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

The other concerts this season are:
July 24 — Children’s Concert: Pops Goes the Weasel

“This concert features popular favorites from childhood,” Gall says, including Disney tunes and cartoon classics.

July 31 — What’s in a Name?

This theme is centered around songs with names in the title, including “Jean,” “Spartacus, “Gigi,” etc.
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.

European Tour: Part Deux

European Tour PART DUEX

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is inviting audience members to take a “European Tour: Part Deux” at Wednesday night’s concert.

“We are hoping to complete our musical tour of Europe,” says musical director Craig Gall. “Our program was curtailed in 2012 by bad weather, stranding us ‘on tour.’ We’re hoping to be able to finish this concert.”

Garrett Kornman, the band’s assistant conductor, will start off the program with “Hands Across the Sea” by John Philip Sousa. This piece was written for Sousa’s first European tour and “is our way of reaching out to Europe,” Kornman says.

The band’s program will feature pieces from several European countries, including:

– Germany: “Alte Kameraden,” which Gall calls “a VERY German piece that has been in the Pops library for decades.”

– Austria: “Vienna Forever” march.

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

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

– Ireland: “The Wearing of the Green” by Leroy Anderson, from his “Irish Suite.” This is one of the few pieces, Gall says, that Anderson didn’t arrange himself. Douglas E. Wagner transcribed this piece for band from Anderson’s original composition, which was done for the Boston Pops Orchestra. Also from the Emerald Isle is “Danny Boy,” featuring vocalist Greg Berg, the band’s master of ceremonies.

– Finland: The tone poem “Finlandia” by Jean Sibelius. It was arranged by former Kenoshan Lucien Cailliet, who worked for the musical instrument producer G. Leblanc and conducted the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra.

– Spain: “Amparito Roca,” a 1925 Spanish march by Jaime Texidor.

– Hungary: “Csardas,” which Kornman describes as “Eastern European Hungarian Gypsy music.”

Norway: “Norwegian Rhapsody,” which contains “six different Norse folk tunes,” Kornman says.

– Scotland: “Comin’ Thru the Rye.” Sammy Nestico “arranged a Scottish folk song in a jazz style,” Gall says.

Gall says “the music of foreign lands always makes for great concerts,” adding that if audience members enjoy this program, “many of these pieces are on our Pops band CD ‘Faraway Places,’ which is on sale during our concerts for $10.”

Kornman adds, “Where else can you take a 90-minute tour of Europe without leaving your lawn chair in Pennoyer Park? … But if we get rained out again, we are finished with European music!”

Lou Rugani singing with Pops Wednesday night (July 10)

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band welcomes guest vocalist Lou Rugani, host of WLIP-AM 1050’s longtime radio show “Music of the Stars,” which airs Sunday mornings and afternoons.

Rugani will be singing three standards arranged for band by Warren Barker, “who composed and arranged a ton of good music,” said Pops’ Musical Director Craig Gall. The pieces are: “But Not For Me” and “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” by George and Ira Gershwin and “Star Dust” by Hoagy Carmichael.

If you go

What: The Kenosha Pops Band’s “European Tour: Part Deux” concert

When: The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday (July 10) with a tribute to late jazz great Dave Brubeck, performed by local musicians. The Pops starts playing at 7 p.m.

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

Admission: Free

“Patriotic Preview” and “Hooray for the Red, White & Blue!”

Independence Day 2013

Because the Fourth of July falls on a Thursday this year, the Kenosha Pops Concert Band concert is doubling up, with concerts Wednesday night (July 3) in Pennoyer Park and Thursday night in Wolfenbuttel Park (before the city of Kenosha’s fireworks).

“It’s a fresh program this year, with newer pieces,” says Craig Gall, the band’s conductor, “but we are also playing traditional patriotic favorites.” Still, you might be looking for a reason to attend tonight’s concert — especially if you are gearing up for a whole day of patriotic fun on Thursday. How about 10 reasons?

With apologies to David Letterman, we offer the Top 10 Reasons You Should Attend the Pops Band’s Patriotic Preview:

10. You’ll go home with a free “ear worm.” Don’t believe us? Just try not to hum Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” after hearing it tonight.

9. You’ll brush up on American musical history, thanks to three pieces arranged by Pops favorite Clare Grundman. His “Colonial Legend” contains tunes from the Revolutionary War era, including “Chester” and “Yankee Doodle.” In Grundman’s Civil War suite “The Blue and the Gray,” the tunes include “Marching Through Georgia,” “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and “Dixie.” Finally, Grundman includes traditional folk songs, including “Down in the Valley” and “Little Brown Jug,” in his “American Folk Rhapsody No. 4.” “He takes us from the Revolution to the 20th century in these pieces,” Gall says.

8. Three words: Pops Band Popcorn! The band runs a concession stand during Pennoyer Park performances, selling soda, popcorn and candy. (There won’t be Pops concessions on July 4, but you’ll find other food vendors at the lakefront.)

7. Greg Berg sings! During the program, Berg, the Pops Band’s master of ceremonies, will sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ ” from the George Gershwin opera “Porgy and Bess,” which Gall calls “a great American opera with music by George Gershwin.”

6. By the end of the program, you can amaze your friends and family by telling them the name of the official march of the U.S. Coast Guard (“Semper Paratus”). Listen for the official marches of the other U.S. armed services, too, including “U.S. Field Artillery March” (Army), “Anchor’s Aweigh” (Navy), “U.S. Marines on Parade” (Marine Corps) and “Army Air Corps March” (Air Force).

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

4. You’ll celebrate liberty with Assistant Conductor Garrett Kornman. He is leading the band tonight on John Philip Sousa’s “The Liberty Bell” march and “The Chimes of Liberty” march by Edwin Franko Goldman.

3. Smaller crowd, easier parking … same music as the Fourth of July! Leaving the concert at 8:30 tonight will be a piece of cake compared to the traffic gridlock that happens when the fireworks are done.

2. Same admission price as the July 4 concert. That would be free, or, to put it another way, you’ll save armloads of cash by attending this concert instead of fighting the crowds at Summerfest or the Ravinia Festival.

1. 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.)

If You Go

What: Kenosha Pops Band performance

When: 7 p.m. July 3

Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, 35th Street and Seventh Avenue

Admission: Free


What: Kenosha Pops Band July 4 performance

Where: Wolfenbuttel Park on Kenosha’s lakefront, 5801 Third Ave.

Grand finale: 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.”

Fireworks: Will start about
9:30 p.m., after the concert, and are visible all along the lakefront

Continental Band performing before the Pops on July 4

Before the Pops
Band’s 7 p.m. July 4 concert, the Continental Band will perform, starting at
6:15 p.m.

The Kenosha Unified School District summer band, made up of about 100 students who will be in seventh grade in the fall, is directed by Kathy Ripley. She will be the Tremper High School band director starting this fall and is a member of the Pops Band’s flute section. Her group will perform a separate program and will then join the Pops Band on “Hymn to the Fallen,” a John Williams piece from the movie “Saving Private Ryan.”

The Fleet is In: Nautical Night

The Fleet Is In:  Nautical Night

The band welcomes the U.S. Navy band Great Lakes

Water is the theme for Wednesday night’s (June 26) Kenosha Pops Concert Band program — but “we hope it’s only the theme for our music, not the threatening weather,” says Garrett Kornman, the band’s assistant conductor.

The Pops Band is playing a “Nautical Night” program, which is fitting, seeing as the band’s guest is the U.S. Navy Band based at Great Lakes in northern Illinois.  “We’re looking forward to sharing the concert with the Great Lakes Navy Band,” says Craig Gall, the Pops Band’s musical director, “and we’re hoping the audience can leave their rain gear and galoshes at home.”

With both bands performing separate programs, and joining up for a finale featuring 100 musicians playing a beloved Sousa march, it will be a very busy night on the band shell in Pennoyer Park.  And we haven’t even mentioned the hot beef sandwiches that will be served across the street.

The Navy Band will start performing at 6:30 p.m. Then, at 7:30 p.m., the Pops Band takes the stage.


Water-themed music performed by the Pops will include:

– Handel’s famous “Water Music Suite,” which was first performed on barges in
the River Thames for an aquatic festival on Aug. 22, 1715.

– “Army of the Nile,” a British march by Kenneth J. Alford

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

– “Sea Songs,” a medley of familiar tunes — “Admiral Benbow,”
“Portsmouth,” “Princess Rpyal” — by R. Vaughan Williams

– Clare Grundman’s “Fantasy on American Sailing Songs,” which contains the
familiar “Drunken Sailor” tune

– Highlights from the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta “The Pirates of Penzance.”
This Robert Russell Bennett arrangement includes the tunes “I am a Pirate
King,” Doctor of Divinity” and “When the Foeman Bares his
Steel” (better known as “Hail, Hail the Gang’s All Here.”)

–”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

– “Candle on the Water” from the Disney film “Peter’s Dragon”

– “The Enchanted Sea,” featuring trumpet soloist John Sorensen. “This is a
rare piece composed by Arthur Fiedler, the longtime conductor of the Boston
Pops,” Kornman says.

– “Die Wacht Am Rhein” (The Watch on the Rhine)

The Pops Band is also performing John Philip Sousa’s “Who’s Who in the Navy Blue”
march, written for the 1920 graduating class at the Naval Academy.

This is a new piece in the Pops Band’s music library and is fitting because the concert finale is “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” featuring the combined
forces of the Pops Band and the Great Lakes Navy Band.

Lt. Patrick K. Sweeten, conductor of the Navy Band, will lead about 100 musicians on the band shell in performing the Sousa favorite.


If You Go

What: The Kenosha Pops
Band’s “Nautical Night” concert

When: June 26, 2013.
The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. with a performance by the U.S. Navy Band based
at Great Lakes in northern Illinois.

The Pops Band will perform from 7:30 to
8:30 p.m. The finale will feature the combined bands performing John Philip
Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.”


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

Admission: Free

Next concert: 7 p.m. July 3:
“Patriotic Preview.”


* CYO Band selling  ‘sack lunch’ before the concert

The CYO Band is selling a “sack lunch” for $5 before Wednesday night’s Kenosha Pops Band

The meal — a hot beef sandwich with soda and chips — will be served from 4 to 6:30 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.)

Spring into Summer!

Opening Night - 91st Season of the Kenosha Pops

Kenosha Pops Concert Band opening 91st season June 19, 2013

 The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is opening its 91st season Wednesday (June 19) with a “Spring into Summer” theme featuring a broad mixture of tunes, including several pieces that are new to the Pops Band’s extensive music library.  “The band is poised to deliver an exceptional summer season of music in the park,” said Craig Gall, the band’s musical director.  The band’s special guest for this concert is the New Image Chorus, performing barbershop tunes.  Assistant Conductor Garrett Kornman is opening the program with John Philip Sousa’s “Minnesota March,” the official song of the University of Minnesota.  “I’m conducting the first song of the 2013 summer season, so I’m offering a salute to my alma mater,” he said.

Kornman is also leading the band on:

– Highlights from the Broadway musical “Camelot.”

– “As Time Goes By,” with vocals by Greg Berg, the band’s master of ceremonies.

– “Moonlight Masquerade,” one of the new pieces on the program.

New-to-the-Pops pieces Gall will lead the band on include:

– “Tres Moutarde (Too Much Mustard),” a 1911 piece by British composer Cecil Macklin. “This is a can-can-esque piece,” Gall said, “that was used as music during stunt plane shows.”

– “Beguiner’s Luck” by American composer Alec Wilder. “This is a rare Wilder piece that was scored for band,” Gall said.

– “The Gliding Girl,” a tango by Sousa. The Argentine dance was “sweeping Europe and the U.S. in 1912,” Gall said, “so Sousa wrote this to take advantage of the tango’s popularity.”

– “Tennessee Salute,” a medley of tunes arranged by Jay Dawson, including “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Wabash Cannonball,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Tennessee Waltz” and “Rocky Top.”

– “Miss Trombone,” featuring the Pops’ trombone section. “This is another one of composer Henry Fillmore’s trademark trombone schmears,” Gall said.

Gall is also directing 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.  “It’s been many years since we’ve had a Dixieland group in the band,” Gall said.

“Golden oldies” Gall is directing include:

– “Sing Along No. 12,” with Berg leading the audience singing the tunes “Shanty Town,” “Bye Bye Blackbird” and “Yes Sir, That’s My Baby.”

– 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.”

Gall is also directing the “Song of the Signal Corps” march in honor of the U.S. Signal Corps’ anniversary.  The United States Army Signal Corps — which develops, tests, provides, and manages communications and information systems support for the command and control of combined arms forces — was established on June 21, 1860.

The Kenosha Pops Band performs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 7. All the performances — except the July 4th pre-fireworks concert — are on the band shell in Pennoyer Park, located at 35th Street and Seventh Avenue on Kenosha’s lakefront.

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

Just in Case You Missed It…


Kenosha Pops Concert Band closes 90th season on Aug. 8, 2012, with “Just in Case You Missed It …” (encore performances of this summer’s favorites)

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is closing its 90th season Wednesday with an evening of favorites from this season.

The free concert starts at 7 p.m. on the Sesquicentennial Band Shell in Kenosha’s Pennoyer Park, at Seventh Avenue and 35th Street along the lakefront.

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, plus the support of the city of Kenosha and our patrons and sponsors.”

Highlights that Gall mentions include “the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform with Miss America, and a handful of new themes that were so much fun.”

The band -‑ and the audience -‑ “had so much fun this summer,” Gall said, adding, “in spite of the temperatures being 90-plus most weeks for our 90th season.”

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.”

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

Wednesday night, the band’s program will feature pieces from several of the group’s performances this summer.

From the band’s opening concert on June 13:

– “Opening Night on Broadway,” a medley of recent Broadway shows, with songs from “The Producers” (“Springtime for Hitler”), “Spamalot” (“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”), “Wicked” (“For Good”), “The Lion King” (“Circle of Life”) and “Avenue Q.” This piece is new to the Pops Band’s library this summer.

– Leroy Anderson’s unique arrangement of “Seventy Six Trombones” from “The Music Man.” Gall says this arrangement — which weaves in snippets of other marches — was written for the Boston Pops and “is a brilliant piece of arranging.”

From the June 20 “Summer Potpourri” concert:

– John Williams’ march from the Steven Spielberg flop “1941.” Kornman says this is one of his favorite pieces, calling it “a bad movie but a great march.”

– “The Last Rose of Summer,” an arrangement by Leroy Anderson of a traditional Irish melody. “It’s a very pretty arrangement,” Gall said, and will feature Kornman on alto saxophone.

– A piece that is new to the Pops Band this summer: “Volare,” an Italian ballad made famous by its use in a 1970s car commercial for the Plymouth Volare.

From the June 27 “Themes Like Old Times” program:

– The medley “Themes Like Old Times,” arranged for band by Warren Barker. The piece contains “beloved old chestnuts from the Tin Pan Alley era,” Gall says,

– “A Tribute to Artie Shaw,” featuring tunes made famous by the master clarinet player — “Dancing in the Dark,” “Begin the Beguine” and “Star Dust.” Tim Bell, a retired college music professor and a master clarinetist in his own right, is the featured soloist.

From the band’s July 1 Sunday afternoon performance with Miss America Laura Kaeppeler, a
Kenosha native and Carthage College graduate:

– The Earth, Wind and Fire hit “September.”

– A special arrangement of the familiar “Miss America” theme, arranged for the Pops Band by Marty Robinson, a friend of Gall’s from the music faculty of UW-Oshkosh and a fellow former student at Lawrence University.

From the July 4 concert:

– John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” generally considered the most played march in the world.

From the July 11 concert — “Pops on the Dark Side”:

– “All Through the Night,” arranged by Sammy Nestico.

From the July 18 “European Holiday” program — “a musical tour of Europe in 90 minutes,” Gall said, which was cut short a little more than halfway through when a strong storm rolled through the area:

– The “Repete” polka. Gall characterizes this piece as “an outstanding Czech polka. It’s lyrical, with nice harmonies.”

– “The Breeze and I,” adapted by Ernesto Lecuona’s “Andalucia.” Master of ceremonies Greg Berg will sing the lyrics, which Kornman said were added several years after the piece was composed.

– Themes from the movie “Zorba the Greek.” Gall calls this “a very energetic piece.”

The program will also feature a few “special guests” and “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. 15 at Carthage College for our Christmas concert.”

If you go

What: The Kenosha Pops Band’s “Just in Case You Missed It” concert of encores from the 2012 season

When: 7 Wednesday night

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

Admission: Free

Next concert: Christmas concert, Dec. 15 at Carthage College’s Siebert Chapel

Dynamic Duos!


Inspiration can come in many forms.

For Kenosha Pops Concert Band directors Craig Gall and Garrett Kornman, the inspiration for this week’s concert theme came from Sonny and Cher.

“Garrett and I saw the ‘Sounds of Sonny and Cher’ arrangement by Bill Holcombe in the Pops Band’s library of music for many years, and we really wanted to get that piece into a concert,” Gall says. “We built this brand-new theme of ‘Dynamic Duos’ around this piece.”

The Sonny and Cher piece is a medley with three songs made famous by the duo — “Gypsys, Tramps and Thieves,” “A Cowboy’s Work is Never Done” and “Living in a House Divided.”

Besides Sonny and Cher, the program features “an incredibly diverse collection of music,” Gall says.

Of course, no concert with a duos theme would be complete without something from Richard Rodgers and his two writing partners — lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein.

From Rodgers and Hart is “Manhattan,” one of the pair’s early hit songs. Together, they wrote 28 stage musicals and more than 500 songs, from 1919 until Hart’s death in 1943. “Manhattan” comes from their first successful Broadway musical, “The Garrick Gaieties” in 1925, which led to a series of successful musicals and films. Rodgers and Hart quickly became among the most popular songwriters in America, and from 1925 to 1931 had 15 scores featured on Broadway.

Representing Rodgers and Hammerstein — who together created a string of popular Broadway musicals in the 1940s and 1950s — is the music from the 1957 TV production, “Cinderella.”

“Cinderella” is the only Rodgers and Hammerstein musical written originally for television and contains what Gall calls “one of Richard Rodgers’ great waltzes.” It was broadcast live on CBS on March 31, 1957, as a vehicle for Julie Andrews, who played the title role. The broadcast was seen by more than 100 million people. It was remade for television twice, in 1965 starring Lesley Ann Warren, and in 1997 starring Brandy, in the title role.

Other Broadway duos represented at the concert are:

– “My Fair Lady” by Frederick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner, arranged for band by Robert Russell Bennett.

– “Bricusse and Newley on Broadway,” a medley of tunes from the early 1960s musicals “The Roar of the Greasepaint – the Smell of the Crowd” and “Stop the World – I Want to Get Off” by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.

– “Gilbert & Sullivan: Symphonic Suite,” with tunes from the operettas “H.M.S. Pinafore,” “The Mikado” and “The Pirates of Penzance” by William S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan.

– “Embraceable You,” by brothers George and Ira Gershwin. Master of ceremonies Greg Berg will sing this piece, arranged by Warren Barker.

– “A Wright and Forrest Collection,” a medley of songs from Robert Craig Wright and George Forrest’s 1954 musical comedy “Kismet,” including “Stranger in Paradise.”

Another songwriting team — Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller — isn’t well known by most people, Kornman said, “but while you may not know their names, you know their work.” This medley includes the hit songs “Love Potion No.9,” “Kansas City,” “Stand by Me,” “Yakety Yak” and “Hound Dog.”

The team of John Lennon and Paul McCarney is well known by everyone, as are the songs in the medley “Lennon/McCartney Portrait,” also arranged by Holcombe. Tunes include “A Hard Day’s Night,” “And I Love Her,” “Day Tripper” and “Hey Jude,” most recently heard during the Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympics.

Composer James Van Heusen is represented in two pieces — “Come Fly with Me,” written by Van Heusen, with words by Sammy Cahn, and “But Beautiful,” with words by Johnny Burke.

Burke and Van Heusen wrote the music for the “Road” movies, starring Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, Gall said, adding, “this piece is a ‘Dynamic Duo’ for the songwriters and for the performers, Hope and Crosby. It’s also a gorgeous, lush arrangement of ‘But Beautiful’ by Sammy Nestico.”

Another duo on Wednesday night’s program is the Captain and Tennille, who had a hit with the song “Love will Keep us Together,” written by Neil Sedaka and HowardGreenfield.

Finally, the program also features “The Gillette Look Sharp March” by Mahlon Merrick because, as Gall says, “two blades shave better than one — so it fits our theme!”

The program, Gall added, “will be a very entertaining concert. It has everything from Broadway to Sonny and Cher to four Beatles favorites — what more can you say?”


If you go

What: The Kenosha Pops Concert Band’s “Dynamic Duos” concert

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday (Aug. 1, 2012)

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

Next concert:  “Pops Encore: Favorites from this Season,” Aug. 8, 2012

Also: During the performances, the Pops Band operates a concession stand, offering popcorn, candy, soda and water. Also, parking is allowed on both sides of Seventh Avenue durings Pops concerts.

Pops Through the Projector

Pops Through the Projector

The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is performing music from the silver screen at this week’s concert.

“We are saluting classic movies,” said Craig Gall, the band’s musical director. He and Garrett Kornman, the band’s assistant conductor, will be acting as movie directors, taking the audience through familiar movie tunes.

The show — er, concert — will open with “Marcus Theatres,” a piece written by Marty Robinson, a friend of Gall’s, when they both were students at Lawrence University. This piece, Gall said, was written as an assignment for a music arranging class. “It will be recognizable to audience members who frequent Marcus Theatres” in Sturtevant and Gurnee, Ill., Gall said. Robinson
arranged the “theme” music that plays while theater patrons are being told to turn off their cell phones and hurry up and buy more popcorn before the movie starts.

The program will feature two medleys that highlight Hollywood favorites.

“Hooray for Hollywood,” arranged by Warren Barker, contains “Tara Theme” from “Gone with the Wind,” “Born Free” from the movie of the same name, the cartoon theme “Merrily We Roll Along,” the theme from “A Summer Place,” Al Jolson’s signature tune “Swanee” and “As Time Goes By” from the movie “Casablanca.”

The medley “The Sounds of Hollywood,” arranged by John Higgins, features songs from movies of the 1960s and ’70s: “Ready to take a Chance Again” from “Foul Play”; the theme from “The Odd Couple”; the title song from “Alfie”; and the theme songs from “Love Story” and “Wives and Lovers.”

Other pieces Gall is directing are:

–”Conquest,” from the 1947 Tyrone Power movie “Captain from Castile.” The lively musical score was composed by Alfred Newman and was nominated for an Academy Award. Newman gave the rights to the film’s spectacular march to the University of Southern California to use as theme music for the school’s football team. Popularly known as “Conquest,” the march is regularly performed by the university’s marching band, the Spirit of Troy, as a victory march. It is also the corps anthem of the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps.

– Highlights from “Exodus,” the epic (and lengthy!) 1960 film starring Paul Newman and Eva Marie Saint. The plot concerns the 1948 founding of the state of Israel. The film’s celebrated soundtrack music was written by Ernest Gold, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Score. Gold also won Best Soundtrack Album and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 1961 for the soundtrack and theme to “Exodus,” respectively. It is the only instrumental song ever to receive that award to date.

– The theme from the 1962 movie “Lawrence of Arabia.” The score was composed by Maurice Jarre, who was given just six weeks to compose two hours of orchestral music. The score went on to garner Jarre his first Academy Award for Music
Score — Substantially Original and is now considered one of the greatest scores of all time, ranking No. 3 on the American Film Institute’s top 25 American film scores. Gall describes this piece as “a percussionists’ paradise.”

– “Parade of the Charioteers” from the 1959 film “Ben-Hur.” The score composed by Miklós Rózsa was highly influential on cinema for more than 15 years and is the longest ever composed for a motion picture.

– Composer John Williams’ marches from various “Star Wars” films, including 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.”

– “Long Ago (and Far Away)” by Jerome Kern and Ira Gershwin. Master of ceremonies Greg Berg will sing this piece, from the movie “Cover Girl,” a 1944 American musical starring Rita Hayworth and Gene Kelly.

Berg is also singing “Over the Rainbow,” Harold Arlen’s song from the 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.”

Kornman is directing that piece, along with:

– “Can You Read My Mind?” from the 1978 movie “Superman.”

– “The Way We Were,” the title song from the 1973 movie starring Barbra Streisand and Robert Redford. The song was written by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman, scored by Marvin Hamlisch, and performed by Streisand. It won the Academy Award
and Golden Globe for Best Song and also made AFI’s list of Top 100 Songs from Film, ranking No. 8.

– “The Godfather Trilogy,” a medley of movie songs, though Kornman points out, “it’s really just music from the first two ‘Godfather’ movies. Everyone wants to forget all about ‘The Godfather Part III.’”

The program also features two pieces — the German march “Berliner Luft” and the “Vienna Forever” march — that were held over from last week’s “European Tour” concert, which was cut short by heavy rains. “These pieces are being played in anticipation of German Fest, which opens Thursday in Milwaukee,” Gall says, adding that the entire “European Holiday” program will be repeated next summer.

If you go

What: The Kenosha Pops Band’s “Classic Cinema” concert

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday (July 25, 2012)

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

Admission: Free

Next concert:

“Dynamic Duos: The Pops Celebrates Some of the Greatest Musical Pairings of the 20th Century” on Aug. 1, 2012

Also: During the performances, the Pops Band operates a concession stand, offering popcorn, candy, soda and water. Also, parking is allowed on both sides of Seventh Avenue durings Pops concerts.