Get ready For the Fourth with our ‘Pops’ Quiz
By Liz Snyder
The Kenosha Pops Concert Band is doubling up this week, with concerts July 1 in Pennoyer Park and July 4 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. The theme both nights is, naturally, patriotic tunes and Americana. “We’re covering music from the American Revolution and then through all the different eras,” Gall said.
The band’s guest for both concerts is Miss Kenosha Kiersten Gonzales. She’ll be singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from the Broadway musical “Les Miserables,” George and Ira Gershwins’ “They Can’t Take that Away from Me” and “Let It Go” from the Disney mega-hit movie “Frozen.”
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 war ended 150 years ago?
•That would be the Civil War, which ended in 1865. The Pops Band is performing “The Blue and the Gray,” a setting of Civil War-era tunes by Clare Grundman that includes “Marching Through Georgia,” “Tenting Tonight,” “The Yellow Rose of Texas,” “Aura Lee,” “Dixie” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
2) What war ended 70 years ago?
•World War II. To mark that anniversary, the Pops is performing “Normandy,” also by Grundman, based on the old French song “Ma Normandie.” Also on the program is “Hymn to the Fallen” by John Williams from the movie “Saving Private Ryan.” “The D-Day Normandy invasion (June 6, 1944) marked the beginning of the end of War War II,” Gall said. “And the opening of the movie ‘Saving Private Ryan’ depicts the landings on the Normandy beaches, connecting these two pieces.”
3) 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, with vocals by Greg Berg, the Pops Band’s master of ceremonies. Berg will lead the audience in a sing-along called “Sing for America,” featuring “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
4) Which patriotic song was originally sung by British military officers to mock the disheveled, disorganized colonial “Yankees” with whom they served in the French and Indian War?
•“Yankee Doodle.” The Pops is performing Morton Gould’s contemporary setting of the traditional tune. Gall calls Gould’s version “a wild ride.”
5) What American composer wrote such classics as “Some Folks,” “Old Kentucky Home,” Oh! Susanna” and “Camptown Races”?
•Stephen Foster, who is known as “the father of American music.” The Pops is performing a medley of Foster’s songs, arranged by Sammy Nestico and directed by Garrett Kornman, the band’s assistant conductor.
6) What F.W. Meacham piece was designed to give the impression of a parade passing by?
•“American Patrol,” an 1885 march Kornman calls “an oldie but a goodie.”
7) What style of music was born in the United States?
•Jazz — called “America’s indigenous musical art form.” Gall said the Pops “wanted to include some jazz because it was developed here in America.” The band is playing “Dixieland Jam,” featuring a dixieland combo made up of Tim Bell on clarinet, John Sorensen on trumpet, John Schoettler on trombone, Marv Miller on tenor saxophone. Dave Boyd on tuba and Jerry Matteucci on the drum set. The “Jam” includes “Basin Street Blues,” “Maple Leaf Rag,” “When the Saints Go Marching In” and “Bill Bailey.”
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 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 holiday week without hearing this tune a few times!
If you go:
What: Kenosha Pops Band performance (“A Patriotic Preview”)
When: 7 p.m. July 1
Where: The band shell in Pennoyer Park, 35th Street and Seventh Avenue
Only at this concert: “Dixieland Jam,” featuring a dixieland combo made up of Pops members, will be performed.
Only at this concert II: 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 III: 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 (July 4):
What: Kenosha Pops Band’s July 4 performance (“An American Salute”)
When: 7 p.m. July 4
Where: Wolfenbuttel Park on Kenosha’s lakefront, 5801 Third Ave.
Only at this concert: The July 4 concert ends with the band’s annual “Salute to the Services Medley,” finishing with an echo “Taps,” the national anthem and “Stars and Stripes Forever.” (Those pieces will also be performed during the July 1 concert, but not as a grand finale medley.)
Only at this concert II: The Patriot Guard Riders will give a presentation at the concert intermission and will stand with the Pops to salute our veterans.
Only at this concert III: 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 five KUSD schools. The Continental Band will perform a separate program, featuring “Crocodile Rock,” music from TV’s “Game of Thrones” and “The Muppets Show” theme. The band will then join the Pops Band on “Fanfare for the Unsung Hero” by Matt Conaway. The Continental Band has one more performance this summer: July 14 at Kemper Center, as part of the Band Boosters’ Ice Cream Social event.