2015 Summer Concert #3

On July 26, 2015, Jim Davison conducts the second concert of our 82nd summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:

Concert #3 – July 26, 2015 – 7:00 PM
Jim Davison, conductor

STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Francis Scott Key

THE THUNDERER
John Philip Sousa

BEER BARREL POLKA
Jaromir Vejvoda

CARTOON SYMPHONY
arr. Larry Clark

PAN AMERICAN MARCH
Karl King

GIRL WITH THE FLAXEN HAIR
Claude Debussy
Bob Heineman, English Horn Solo

NEW HAMPSHIRE HORNPIPE
Dave Grusin

SOARING
Sean O’Loughlin
Jason Howard, Trumpet Solo

TD’S BOOGIE WOOGIE
Tommy Dorsey

ITALIAN HOLIDAY
Robert Longfield

LATIN GOLD
arr. Paul Lavender

THE RAKES OF MALLOW
Leroy Anderson

THE PATRIOT
John Williams

SOMEWHERE
Leonard Bernstein

SOUND OF MUSIC
Richard Rogers

ZOOT SUIT RIOT
Cherry Poppin’ Daddies

GOD BLESS AMERICA
Irving Berlin

 

2015 Summer Concert #2

On July 19, 2015, Jason Howard conducts the second concert of our 82nd summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:

Concert #2 – July 19, 2015 – 7:00 PM
Jason Howard, conductor

STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Francis Scott Key

THE HIPPODROME
Will Huff

AN AMERICAN IN PARIS
George Gershwin

THE ROARING TWENTIES
arr. Paul Jennings
featuring a Dixie Group

MISS TROMBONE
Henry Fillmore
featuring the Trombone Section

SELECTIONS FROM “THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE”
arr. John P. Sousa

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

HIGHLIGHTS FROM EVITA
arr. John Moss

YAKETY SAX
arr. John Vinson
featuring the Saxophone Section

SELECTIONS FROM GREASE
arr. Ted Rickett

SYMPHONIC HIGHLIGHTS FROM FROZEN
arr. Stephen Bulla

MUSIC FROM JURASSIC PARK
John Williams

NATIONAL EMBLEM
E. E. Bagley

HABANERA
arr. Matt Johnston
Jeannine Lynch, Flute Solo

HIGHLIGHTS FROM JERSEY BOYS
arr. Michael Brown

THE PEANUT VENDOR
arr. John Moss

THE WASHINGTON POST
John Philip Sousa

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

2014 Summer Concert #2

On July 20, 2013, Jason Howard conducts the second concert of our 81st summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:

Concert #2 – July 20, 2014 – 7:00 PM
Jason Howard, conductor

STAR SPANGLE BANNER
Francis Scott Key

THE SILVER GAZEBO
John Barnes

JOHN WILLIAMS: EVENING AT POPS
arr. John Higgins

AMERICAN ANTHEM
arr. Michael Brown

SHOUTIN’ LIZA TROMBONE
Henry Fillmore

DIXIELAND CLAMBAKE
arr. John Warrington

TIPTOE THROUGH THE TUBAS
arr. Jerry Brubaker
Allen Bernard, Tuba Solo

MAN OF LA MANCHA
Frank Erickson

YAKETY SAX
arr. John Vinson

MUPPET MOVIE MEDLEY
arr. John Edmondson

ALBA SENTIMENTALE
arr. Leonard Falcone

DANCE WITH WOLVES
arr. Jay Bocook

THE BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM
arr. Jay Bocook

NADIA’S THEME
Vorzon & Botkin

MAMMA MIA
arr. Roy Phillipe

BANDOLOGY
Eric Osterling

CHICKADEE
Fiffer – Rollinson
Jeannine Lynch, Piccolo Solo

THE FOOTLIFTER
Henry Fillmore

GOD BLESS AMERICA
Irving Berlin

 

2014 Summer Concert #1

On Sunday evening, July 13, 2014, Jim Davison will conduct the Rockport Legion Band in Concert #1 of the 81st consecutive 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 #1 – July 13, 2014
Jim Davison, conductor

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Frances Scott Key

MIDWAY MARCH
John Williams

ARMED FORCES SALUTE
arr. Bob Lowden

PORGY AND BESS
George Gershwin

MANCINI SPECTACULAR
arr. Warren Barker

HARLEM NOCTURNE
Earl Hagan
featuring
JoAnn Thrasher, alto saxophone soloist

MARY POPPINS
Richard & Robert Sherman

TRIBUTE TO COUNT BASIE
arr. John Moss

BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY
Freddie Mercury

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
Klaus Badelt

THE DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA
Charlie Daniels
featuring
Jeannine Lynch, violin soloist
and
Ben Fuller as the story teller

TOCCATA FOR BAND
Frank Erickson

NEW HAMPSHIRE HORNPIPE
Dave Grusin

THE BOYS FROM WEXFORD
Robert Joyce

GOD BLESS AMERICA
Irving Berlin

Summer Concert #7

On Sunday evening, August 18, 2013, Jim Davison will conduct the Rockport Legion Band in Concert #7 of the summer season. Please join us at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport starting at 7:00 PM for another evening of music and merriment.

Soloists will include Jeannine Lynch, Connie Villanti, Jason Howard and Jim Koerth. The Rockport Legion Band also welcomes the Creagan More Pipes and Drums to this week’s concert for a Celtic Celebration of music.

Concert #7 – August 18, 2013 – 7:00 PM
Jim Davison, conductor

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Francis Scott Key

BILLBOARD MARCH
John Kloor

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF DISNEY
arr. John Edmondson

CINEMA PARADISO
Ennio Morricone
Connie Villanti, euphonium

TD’S BOOGIE WOOGIE
Tommy Dorsey
Jim Koerth, trombone

MAPLE LEAF RAG
Scott Joplin

TRUMPETER’S LULLABY
Leroy Anderson
Jason Howard, trumpet

SELECTIONS FROM LES MISERABLES
Claude-Michel Schonberg

VARIATIONS AND THEME
Anne McGinty
Jeannine Lynch, flute

LATIN GOLD
arr. Paul Lavender

YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO JOHN WILLIAMS
John Williams

A CELTIC CELEBRATION FEATURING THE CREAGAN MORE PIPES AND DRUMS

ROSES OF PRINCE CHARLIE / KILLIEKRANKIE
Creagan More Pipes & Drum
and
Rockport Legion Band

EILEEN ARUN & WESTERING HOME
Creagan More Pipes & Drum

IRISH WASHERWOMAN
Rockport Legion Band

79TH FAREWELL TO GIBRALTAR
Creagan More Pipes & Drum
and
Rockport Legion Band

COCK OF THE NORTH
Creagan More Pipes & Drum

SKYE BOAT SONG & HIGHLAND CRADLE SONG
Creagan More Pipes & Drum
and
Rockport Legion Band

SCOTLAND THE BRAVE & WE’RE NO AWA TAE BIDE AWA
Creagan More Pipes & Drum
and
Rockport Legion Band

AMAZING GRACE
Creagan More Pipes & Drum
and
Rockport Legion Band

Coming To A Bandstand Near You!

The Rockport Legion Band invites you to stop by and listen at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts on Sunday evening, August 11, 2013 at 7:00PM for Summer Concert #6. The weather is forecast to be exceptional.

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Music always adds to a beautiful sky at sunset.

Glorious Night

Glorious Night

Some may actually say that the Rockport Legion Band helps make the clouds appear!

Al Bernard Playing up A Storm

Al Bernard Playing up A Storm

We’re all set and ready to play for you!

Trombone In Waiting

Trombone In Waiting

The Rockport Legion Band

The Rockport Legion Band