… And The Band Played On!

Concert #7 on August 23, 2015 brought rain, mist and fog and yet the Rockport Legion Band played on. Ben Fuller narrated Peter and the Wolf, Kiva Trumbour enthralled the audience with her vocal gifts and the Creagan More Pipes & Drums marched in and thrilled the crowd.

Thanks especially go to the audience whom braved the elements along with the Rockport Legion Band. Their presence and support, not only on the misty evening, but also throughout this entire concert season has made it all the more worthwhile.

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 #7

On August 23, 2015, Jim Davison conducts the seventh concert of our 82nd summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:

Concert #7 – August 23, 2015 – 7:00 PM
Jim Davison, conductor

STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Francis Scott Key

BILLBOARD MARCH
John Klohr

IN THE MOOD
Joe Garland

RHAPSODY FOR FLUTE
Stephen Bulla
Jeannine Lynch, Flute Solo

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
Jerry Bock

PETER AND THE WOLF
Sergei Prokofiev
Ben Fuller, Storyteller

MANCINI SPECTACULAR
arr. Warren Barker

SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME
George Gershwin
Kiva Trumbour, Vocalist

MIDWAY MARCH
John Williams

Celtic Celebration
Featuring The Creagan More Pipes & Drums

WINGS & MURDOS WEDDING
Creagan More Pipes & Drums Entrance

HIGHLAND CATHEDRAL
Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

COCK OF THE NORTH
Creagan More & Dancers

79TH FAREWELL TO GIBRALTER
Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

EILEEN ARUN / WESTERING HOME
Creagan More

SCOTLAND THE BRAVE / NO AWA
Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

AMAZING GRACE
Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

AULD LANG SYNE
Creagan More & Rockport Legion Band

 

2015 Summer Concert #4

On August 2, 2015, Jason Howard conducts the fourth concert of our 82nd summer concert series at the Back Beach Bandstand in Rockport, Massachusetts. The program will include the following pieces:

Concert #4 – August 2, 2015 – 7:00 PM
Jason Howard, conductor

STAR SPANGLED BANNER
Francis Scott Key

STEADFAST AND TRUE
C Teike

THE BATTLE CRY OF FREEDOM
arr. Jay Bocook

CAROUSEL
Richard Rogers

OBLIVION
arr. Robert Longfield
Bob Heineman, Oboe Solo

A LEROY ANDERSON PORTRAIT
Leroy Anderson

THE TEDDY BEAR’S PICNIC
arr. Paul Yoder

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

MAMA MIA!
arr. Roy Philippe

ELISA
Renato Soglia

HIGHLIGHTS FROM JERSEY BOYS
arr. Michael Brown

THUNDERBOLT
Jonnie Vinson

THE WIZARD OF OZ
arr. James Barnes

THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER
arr. Charles Brockner

VOYAGE TO THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
Larry Neeck

MARCH “DALLAS”
R. B. Hall

GOD BLESS AMERICA
Irving Berlin

 

The Rockport Legion Band is Recruiting!

We’re looking for additional players on ALL concert band instruments. If you were a competent player in high school or college and have “lapsed” in your playing, this is the place to get back to playing on a regular basis! If you are a current player looking for a regular rehearsal venue, this is it! If you play any of the instruments on our “Wish List” to the right, please contact us.

We do not audition or have a “play-in”. Come join us for a few rehearsals and see if you’d like to become a member. If you’re interested or have questions, please leave a comment to that effect.

You can “check us out” on any of our recording links — either Cape Ann Web or Jukebox Alive in the column on the right, or on our “Recordings” page at the top of your screen.

Rockport Legion Band Summer Schedule

We will begin our summer schedule with our appearances on July 4.  The Clown Band will perform in the Firemen’s (sic) Parade (details will be posted later) and the Bonfire Band (details also posted later) will perform on the Back Beach Bandstand in the evening. All musicians are welcome for either group; detailed contact information for both bands will be posted soon.

Our summer series of Sunday night bandstand concerts will begin on  July 8 at 7:00 P.M. with Steve Thomas conducting. The eight weeks of performances will continue every Sunday evening through August 26. Program information will be posted here for each concert.

Rockport Legion Band Featured on “Brasscast”

Peter Ryan and Lucas Burns, hosts of the international band podcast “Brasscast”, have selected the Rockport Legion Band to be featured on their program of September 6, 2009.

The program will feature five tracks from the RLB’s CD “We Are The Rockport Legion Band” plus an interview that will give listeners an brief overview of the band. The musical examples are:

Duble: Galop Zip Boom

Sousa: Belle of Chicago March

Allen: General Mixup, U.S.A.

Lampe/Park: Watermelon Club Rag

Lowrey: Prince of Decorah Galop

We are, of course, thrilled to be recognized and featured on such a widely-heard program. Peter tells me that they have over 40,000 listeners worldwide! Not bad for a little band from the edge of the world.

“Brasscast” has, unfortunately, ceased to exist (like many Internet enterprises), so the program is now available by clicking on the “RLB on Brasscast” link to our media player (Jukebox Alive!) in the right hand column.

Concert #3, July 24, 2011

The program for Concert #3 is posted below. Steve Thomas will conduct the music this evening. As always, we welcome children; we have musical activities planned for them, but we do ask that they do not yell and scream during the music. They are always welcome to run around, but quietly.

Concert listing moved to “Previous Concert Programs”.

Summer Concert #1, July 10, 2011

The band wishes to announce the opening concert of its seventy-eighth summer season. The program begins at 7:00 P.M. on the Back Beach bandstand. Remember to bring a blanket or a chair (or both!).

Steve Thomas will conduct this first presentation. Music will include selections from the opera, the stage, the street, the movies, and popular radio. There will also be a medley of period music in commemoration of the one hundred fiftieth anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War in 1861.

The band finished recording a brand new CD this past Spring, and copies of the disc will be available at the concert. The cover features a painting by the Rockport’s own Henry Kaplan.

As always, the concert is free to the public.
The program listing has been moved to “Previous Concert Programs”