The North Coast Symphonic Band will present a free concert of patriotic and Americana-themed music at 7 P.M. on Monday, July 3rd, at the Liberty Theater in Astoria. Doors open at 6:15 P.M. and the North Coast Jazz Ensemble will perform pre-concert music at 6:30 P.M. while the audience enters the auditorium. The concert is free, but donations are encouraged to off-set expenses.
Pianist Lee Stromquist leads the North Coast Jazz Ensemble which also includes Bob Joiner on valve trombone, Dave Drury on guitar, Bob Walters on bass, and Dr. Wally Shaffer on percussion. This group will provide pre-concert music consisting of selections from the Great American Songbook and an original tune by Dave Drury.
Guest conductor and former director of the North Coast Symphonic Band Larry Johnson will return to lead the forty-five member community band in a two hour program of concert wind band music with the theme of “America, the Beautiful: Celebrating Our Great Nation.” Johnson has taught wind ensemble, band, and orchestra at Portland State University and Mount Hood Community College and is currently horn instructor at Oregon State University and Principal Horn in the OSU/Corvallis Symphony.
NCSB board member Brian Bergman will be Master of Ceremonies for this fast paced evening of “feel good” music. Photographer / videographer Jeff Daly of Astoria will present a special video of local photos to accompany “Parade of Tall Ships” by Jay Chattaway, a special work commissioned for the 1976 bicentennial of the U.S.A. Local favorite baritone Bob Walters of Ilwaco will sing vocal parts and lead the audience in a sing along of patriotic tunes. Clatsop Post Number 12 of the American Legion will present the colors for the Star Spangled Banner and the flags of all the service branches, including the Merchant Marine, in “Salute to America’s Finest,” a tribute to veterans and their families.
Other selections on the program include “Fantasy on Yankee Doodle” by Williams, a swing version of “American Patrol” by Meacham, “Symphonic Variations on Amazing Grace” by C.T. Smith, and marches such as Fillmore’s “Americans We” and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” The entire program is patriotic, inspirational, and family friendly and all ages are encouraged to attend.
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