The June 16th program celebrates Flag Day
June 16, 2019 This was the second concert of the 8 week Summer outdoor season.
The program opened with Karl King's 1910 march Emblem of Freedom.
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Salute to the Colors by Bert Anthony and Karl King followed.
Next on the program was Andrew Glover's arrangement of Those in Peril on the Sea, The Navy Hymn.
The Carmen Dragon arrangement of Samuel Ward's America the Beautiful followed.
Special guest conductor for this concert was Dr. Gene Milford. Milford, a native of Canton, Ohio is a Senior Lecturer in Music Education at The University of Akron. Dr. Milford has also served on the faculty of Kent State University and Hiram College. He holds degrees from Kent State University including a Master of Arts in Music History, and a PhD in Music Education. A public school instrumental music educator with 30 years’ experience, his ensembles consistently received superior ratings at adjudicated events and performed at state and national professional conferences. Dr. Milford has served as guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator and presented clinic sessions at regional and national conferences. His articles on music education have appeared in Triad, The Instrumentalist, Dialogues in Instrumental Music Education and Contributions to Music Education.
Dr. Milford conducted two selections on the evening program. First was a recently discovered manuscript of a march titled The 135th Field Artillery. It was composed by William Strassner, Karl King’s teacher, and arranged by King. It has never been published, and has been edited by Dr. Milford. It was discovered in President William McKinley’s Presidential Library in Canton, where young Karl King grew up.
The second selection Dr. Milford conducted was the premiere performance of Dr. Milford’s newest composition, simply titled “Valor!” This was written “in honor of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944”. It features a stirring tribute to the veterans of that operation which helped pave the way for the end of World War II in Europe. Scott Johnston, from Fort Dodge, narrated a moving text based on a speech by General Dwight D. Eisenhower. Dr. Milford has kindly chosen to dedicate his newest work to the members of the Karl L. King Municipal Band and Conductor Jimmerson.
Conductor Jimmerson returned to the podium to lead the band as featured vocalist Roger Netz from Manson sang another of American favorites, Lee Greenwood’s God Bless the U.S.A.
Assistant Conductor Dr. David Klee replaced his flute with a baton to conduct the band playing The Phantom Regiment.
Dr. Klee also directed the band performing Musical Memories of Wold War II.
Conductor Jimmerson then led the band with Armed Forces Salute.
It was nearing the end of the
evening program when the band played Andrew Glover's arrangement
of the 1902 Russell Alexander galop The Storming of El Caney.
The final number on this concert to celebrate Flag Day was the John Philip Sousa march The Stars and Stripes Forever.
This concert closed in the usual way, with the playing of our National Anthem, The Star-Spangled Banner.
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