The Naperville Municipal Band Fall Concert presented “A Sousa Concert,” in the spirit and style of bandmaster John Phillip Sousa, at Wentz Concert Hall Sunday, Nov. 6.
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As NMB Conductor Ron Keller noted, “When John Philip Sousa planned a concert, it was not necessarily all his music. He always put together an entertaining selection of music and his marches were the encore.”
Emcee Ann Lord explained Sousa’s entertaining use of Big Encore Cards that were carried across the stage during Sousa Concerts to help keep the program moving and the audience enlightened about the musical selections.
In addition to Scott Joplin/Marvin Hamlisch and Gershwin tunes, the fall concert celebrated the American spirit with tributes to service men and women in the U. S. Armed Forces, past and present.
The concert also featured selections by Catherine Lord, vocal soloist; Andy Seidel, trombone soloist; and SMSgt. (Ret.) David S. Golden, Jr., as cornet soloist.
For 23 years, Golden served as the assistant principal cornetist for The United States Air Force Concert Band from Washington D.C.
Golden has performed for U.S. Presidents at home and abroad.
Golden said one of his most memorable experiences was performing “at Red Square in Moscow in 1995 for the 50th anniversary of the end of WWII in Europe.”
Sunday’s concert at Wentz Concert Hall also included members of the Naperville Municipal Band singing two songs in addition to performing in the band.
What’s more, in honor of the the Chicago Cubs’ winning the 2016 World Series, Keller set aside his love for the Chicago White Sox and led the audience in “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” in the style of the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field.
The Fall Concert was led by Conductor Ron Keller and Assistant Conductor Rene Rosas. The Big Encore Cards Presentation was delivered by Marissa Meyers.
For more information about the upcoming performance schedule for the band that’s been around since 1859, visit napervilleband.org.