Negaunee City Band to play

NEGAUNEE — Director Brandon Nelson has announced the program for this week’s concert by the Negaunee City Band. The concert will be held at the Outdoor Performing Arts Center at the east end of Iron Street on at 7:30 Wednesday.

A special treat this week will be a marimba solo by percussion section member, Dan Lindblom, who spent many years as the director of instrumental music for the Munising Public Schools.

The opening number, “Salute to a Hero,” begins with a brilliant brass fanfare. A march for concert band, “Accolade,” follows on the program. Other marches are “Freedom City” by Karl L. King, with some interesting percussion parts, and “Fairest of the Fair,” one of the most popular of the more than 130 marches written by John Philip Sousa.

Broadway and the movies will be represented by “Selections from Mamma Mia,” with ABBA tunes such as “Dancing Queen” featured. There are several other medleys on the program, including “Three Ayres from Gloucester,” which captures the early English folksong style and the moods and dances of ordinary people. A very modern medley is “World of Warcaft,” with numbers such as “March – Silvermoon,” “Invincible,” and “Lion’s Pride.”

The band’s rendition of Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” with its tricky rhythms and charming melody, will celebrate Christmas in July. The final number on the program is, as usual, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.”


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