2016 Summer Concert #8

On August 28, 2016, Jason Howard conducts the eighth (and final) concert of our 83rd summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:

Concert #8 – August 28, 2016 – 7:00 PM
Jason Howard, conductor

STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Francis Scott Key

MARCH OF THE BELGIAN PARATROOPERS
Pierre Leemans

A NIGHT ON BALD MOUNTAIN
M. Moussorgsky

BARITONE BOOGIE
Andy Clark
Connie Villanti, Euphonium Solo

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
Andrew Lloyd Webber

JERSEY BOYS
arr. Michael Brown

LOVE’S OLD SWEET SONG
James L. Molloy
Bob Heineman, Oboe Solo

DIXIELAND JAM!
arr. Bob Lowden
Dixie Group

THE BATTLE ROYAL
Thos. S. Allen

THE LORD OF THE DANCE
Ronan Hardiman

THE MUPPET SHOW THEME
arr. Frank D. Cofield

AS TIME GOES BY
arr. Warren Barker
Jeannine Lynch, Flute Solo

THE WHISTLER AND HIS DOG
Arthur Pryor
Jeannine Lynch, Piccolo Solo

1812 OVERTURE
Pyotr Tchaikovsky
Featuring the American Legion Riflemen

STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER
John Philip Sousa

GOD BLESS AMERICA
Irving Berlin

 

2016 Summer Concert #6

On August 14, 2016, Jason Howard conducts the sixth concert of our 83rd summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:

Concert #6 – August 14, 2016 – 7:00 PM
Jason Howard, conductor

STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Francis Scott Key

“AMERICAN CADET” MARCH
R. B. Hall

THE LITTLE MERMAID
Alan Menken

WONDERLAND BY NIGHT
arr. Alfred Reed
Jason Howard, Trumpet Solo

THE MAGIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
arr. Warren Barker

IOWA BRIGADE BAND
Fred Jewell

SELECTIONS FROM ALADDIN
arr. John Moss

GERSHWIN!
arr. Warren Barker

HARLEM NOCTURNE
Earle Hagen
JoAnn Thrasher, Alto Sax Solo

ERIC CLAPTON ON STAGE
arr. Paul Murtha

NEW ORLEANS JAM SESSION!
arr. Bob Lowden
featuring the Dixie Group

THE BILLBOARD MARCH
John N. Klohr

SYMPHONIC HIGHLIGHTS FROM FROZEN
arr. Stephen Bulla

THE ELEPHANT AND THE FLEA
A. Eric Heukeshoven
A Duet Featuring
Jeannine Lynch, Flute
Allen Bernard, Tuba

DISNEY BLOCKBUSTERS
arr. John Higgins

MARCH – PONDEROSO
K. L. King

GOD BLESS AMERICA
Irving Berlin

 

2016 Summer Concert #4

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On July 31, 2016, Jason Howard conducts the fourth concert of our 83rd summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:

Concert #4 – July 31, 2016 – 7:00 PM
Jason Howard, conductor

STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Francis Scott Key

THUNDER AND BLAZES
Fucik – Laurendeau

EVENING AT POPS
John Williams

BLUE MOON
Arr. Warren Barker
Connie Villanti, Euphonium Solo

CAPTAIN AMERICA MARCH
Alan Silvestri

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
George Gershwin

SOLILOQUY
Philip Parker
Bob Heineman, Oboe Solo

DIXIELAND CLAMBAKE
arr. John Warrington
featuring the Dixie Group

GREAT MOVIE ADVENTURES
John Williams

FORTY FATHOMS
Harold L. Walters
Charles Howard, Tuba Solo

MAMA MIA!
arr. Roy Philippe

DANCES WITH WOLVES
arr. Jay Bocook

THEME FROM “SCHINDLER’S LIST”
John Williams
Jeannine Lynch, Flute Solo

CHILLERS AND THRILLERS
John williams

MUPPET MOVIE MEDLEY
arr. John Edmondson

VISCOUNT NELSON
W. Zehle

GOD BLESS AMERICA
Irving Berlin

 

2016 Summer Concert #2

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On July 17, 2016, Jason Howard conducts the second concert of our 83rd summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:

Concert #2 – July 17, 2016 – 7:00 PM
Jason Howard, conductor

STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Francis Scott Key

INVICTUS
K. L. King

A LEROY ANDERSON PORTRAIT
Leroy Anderson

HORSE AND BUGGY
Leroy Anderson

OVER THE RAINBOW
arr. Warren Barker
JoAnn Thrasher, Alto Sax Solo

ELISA
Renato Soglia

GO WEST
arr. Ralph Ford

SALUTE THE DUKE!
arr. Paul Yoder

WITH QUIET COURAGE
Larry Daehn

SHOUTIN’ LIZA TROMBONE
Henry Fillmore
featuring the Trombone Section

THE ROARING TWENTIES
arr. Paul Jennings
featuring the Dixie Group

JAMES BOND SUITE
arr. Frank Erickson

(GHOST) RIDERS IN THE SKY
Stan Jones

LEROY ANDERSON’S “IRISH SUITE”
Leroy Anderson

OBLIVION
Astor Piazzolla
Steve Neimi, Clarinet Solo

CLARINET CANDY
Leroy Anderson
featuring the Clarinet Section

SELECTIONS FROM “CATS”
Andrew Lloyd Webber

YAKETY SAX
arr. John Vinson
featuring the Saxophone Section

THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER
Joe Raposo

THE WASHINGTON POST
John Philip Sousa

GOD BLESS AMERICA
Irving Berlin

 

2015 Summer Concert #8

On August 30, 2015, Jason Howard conducts the eighth concert of our 82nd summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:

Concert #8 – August 30, 2015 – 7:00 PM
Jason Howard, conductor

STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Francis Scott Key

MERCURY
K. L. King

THE MUSIC MAN
Meredith Wilson

BLUE MOON
Richard Rodgers
Connie Villanti, Euphonium Solo

FORCE OF DESTINY
Larry Neeck

THE EMERALD ISLE
Dave Black

TRUMPETS, OLE!
Frank D. Cofield
Featuring the Trumpet Section

FOILED AGAIN
Jack Wilds

DIXIELAND JAM!
arr. Bob Lowden
Dixie Group

DISNEY BLOCKBUSTERS
arr. John Higgins

CLARINET POLKA
arr. David Bennett
Featuring the Clarinet Section

MARCH PONDEROSO
K. L. King

1812 OVERTURE
P. Tchaikovsky
Featuring the American Legion  Riflemen

STARS AND STRIPES FOREVER
John Philip Sousa

GOD BLESS AMERICA
Irving Berlin

 

2015 Summer Concert #5

On August 9, 2015, Jim Davison conducts the fifth concert of our 82nd summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:

Concert #5 – August 9, 2015 – 7:00 PM
Jim Davison, conductor

STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Francis Scott Key

GOD BLESS THE USA
Lee Greenwood

THEM BASSES
G. H. Huffine

STRIKE UP THE BAND
George Gershwin

MUSIC OF THE NIGHT
Andrew Lloyd Webber
Jason Howard, Trumpet Solo

WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY
arr. John Edmonson

EL RELICARIO
Jose Padilla

DRUNKEN SAILOR
arr. Grant Hull

INSTANT CONCERT
Harold L. Walters

LES MISERABLES
Claude-Michel Schonberg

OLYMPIC FANFARE AND THEME
John Williams

NESSUN DORMA
Giacomo Puccini

PIE IN THE FACE POLKA
Henry Mancini
featuring
Stephen Neimi, Debby Walter, Mindy Picardo,
Tasha Marshall & JoAnn Thrasher
Clarinets

STAR TREK THROUGH THE YEARS
arr. John Moss

HAPPY
Pharrell Williams

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
Klaus Badelt

GOD BLESS AMERICA
Irving Berlin

 

Holiday Concert News

Gloucester Daily Times : Published December 11, 2014

Rockport’s historic Legion Band prepares for holiday show

BY TAYLOR RAPALYEA

STAFF WRITER

ROCKPORT — The Rockport Legion Band will reach back through its 82 years of bringing music to Cape Ann to perform its annual holiday concert this weekend.

The Band— formed in 1932— plans to perform seasonal selections this Sunday at 2 p.m. at the First Congregational Church at 12 School St. in Rockport. Admission is free— due in part to the support of the town and the rehearsal space provided by the Legion.

Jason Howard, who serves as the band’s co-director with Jim Davison, will conduct the first half of the performance which includes “dynamic holiday fanfare,” wintertime classics, and symphonic highlights from the Disney sensation, “Frozen.”

This medley from the 2013 Academy-Award winning Disney animated film includes “Frozen Heart,” “Do YouWant to Build a Snowman?” “For the First Time in Forever,” “Epilogue,” and “Let It Go,” according to the program.

The first half will close with “A Christmas Festival,” by Composer Leroy Anderson, and “Stars and stripes for Christmas,” by Composers John Philip Sousa and Robert Foster. The latter intertwines “Jingle Bells,” “Hallelujah Chorus,” “We Wish You A Merry Christmas,” and “AngelsWe Have Heard on High,” with “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” to create a patriotic composition with a holiday flair.

The band has served its mission of encouraging ensemble playing by musicians of all ages and skill levels for nearly eight decades. A typical Sunday evening concert will have players ranging from beginning middle schoolers to seasoned octogenarians.

“Shortly after I started playing the cornet at age 7, my father brought me to my first band rehearsal,” recalled Howard. “I have always enjoyed playing in the band, it’s fun and you meet a lot of great people.”

He added that the concert features “a wonderful mix of numbers that will appeal to all members of the audience.”

“We also have a couple of special numbers for the children,” he hinted.

Intimate space

John Basset, 30-year member of the Band and alto horn player, describes the annual holiday concert as an intimate event.

“One of the nice things about playing in a band in a small place like this is seeing the faces of the people,” he said. “You get the sense that people are listening, and enjoying, and are happy about the music.”

Basset noted that their youngest player is around middle-school age, and their oldest is more than 80 years old. The band performs at local nursing homes about six times per year, in addition to their Summer Concert Series.

The second half will be conducted by Davison, and —- if the program is any indication — will be a roaring cascade of holiday favorites. These melodies take listeners through known carols and melodies, from “Joy to the World,” all the way to “Fantasia for Christmas,” during which the program recommends listeners hold onto their seats.

Connections

To band member Bob Heineman, joining the Legion Band meant reconnecting with an old passion.

“Like so many high school musicians I gave up playing my instrument (French horn) after graduation,” he wrote. “Many years later, at age 65, I decided it would be fun to study the oboe. The directors have been exceedingly encouraging and the camaraderie with my fellow band members brings much joy into my life. I encourage everyone who was once a player to come and join in the fun.”

More information about the concert and the band is available on the Rockport Legion Band website http://rockportlegionband. wordpress.com Taylor Rapalyea can be reached @ trapalyea@gloucestertimes.com, or on Twitter @taylorrapalyea.

Gloucester Daily Times Article

2014 Summer Concert #3

On Sunday evening, July 27, 2014, Jim Davison will conduct the Rockport Legion Band in Concert #3 of the 81st summer concert series. You are invited to join us at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport starting at 7:00 PM. The program will include the following pieces:

Concert #3 – July 27, 2014
Jim Davison, conductor

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Frances Scott Key

MARCHING DOWN BROADWAY
arr. John Moss

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL
arr. Carmen Dragon

YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO JOHN WILLIAMS
arr. Jay Bocook

TIME TO SAY GOODBYE
Sartori – Quarantotto

CINEMA PARADISO
Ennio Morricone
Bob Heineman, Oboe Solo

STAR TREK THROUGH THE YEARS
arr. John Moss

FLIGHT OF THE BUMBLEBEE
Nicholi Rimsky-Korsakoff
Jeannine Lynch, Flute solo

CATS, SELECTIONS FROM
arr. John Edmonson

MASK OF ZORRO
arr. John Edmonson

CARTOON SYMPHONY
arr. Larry Clark

THAT OLD TIME RELIGION
arr. Nick Simmons-Smith
Jim Koerth, Trombone Solo

GLENN MILLER IN CONCERT
arr. Paul Murtha

FUNICULI FUNICULA
Luigi Denza

THEM BASSES
G.H. Huffine

GOD BLESS AMERICA
Irving Berlin