North Coast Symphonic Band
A North Coast Fourth
Conducted by Dr. Daniel Schmidt
M.C. and vocalist: Bob Walters
Trombone Soloist: Lars Campbell
7:30 PM, Friday, July 3, 2015
Liberty Theater, Astoria
Open Seating, Doors open at 7 P.M.
North Coast Symphonic Band celebrates the conclusion of its 35th season with a toe-tapping, sing-a-long evening of patriotic music and familiar tunes. Bring the whole family and the neighborhood for a FREE concert at the gorgeous Liberty Theater in Astoria. Join us for this traditional celebration of America’s birthday
Dr. Daniel Schmidt of Seattle is a retired Air Force band commander who commanded bands in seven different states during his twenty year career in the military. He is well experienced in presenting “good old fashioned” Independence Day concerts that are entertaining and patriotic and “good for my family and yours.”
T“A North Coast Fourth” includes participants from the local community and beyond. City of Astoria Mayor Arline Lamear will open the festivities with a brief welcome to residents and visitors to the North Coast. Clatsop Post Number Twelve of the American Legion will present the colors during the Star Spangled Banner and display the service flags as the service hymns are performed. Long Beach resident Bob Walters will be M.C. and vocalist for the evening. Members of the Astoria Regatta Court will assist in announcing selections on the concert and retired Fire Chief Lenard Hansen will be featured in a piece called “Midnight Fire Alarm.”
The evening’s program is based on a turn of the century concert from the late 1800’s when every small town had a community band. These were the pre-television days when a band was often the main entertainment for the whole town. The town band was made up of ordinary people doing what they could for the betterment of music and sharing their talents for the benefit of all. Members of the North Coast Symphonic Band range in age from their teens to their eighties and are joined on this special day by guest musicians from the Portland urban area. Trombonist Lars Campbell of Clackamas Community College will be featured trombone soloist. Dr. Joan Paddock of Linfield College will be joined by Manzanita resident Bob LaTore, Astorian Dave Nikula, and conductor Dan Schmidt in a virtuoso trumpet quartet called “Four Aces.” Former NCSB conductor Richard Boberg of Beaverton will return to play in the clarinet section.
Featured classical selection for the evening is “Chester” by William Schuman. This piece is a church hymn turned into marching song used by the Continental Army to rally the militia in defense of the Thirteen Colonies against the tyranny of British rule. Other lighter selections include “A Whistler and His Dog” and “Two Little Bullfinches” featuring piccolo players Janet Bowler of Astoria and Daphné Gann of Seaside. Bob Walters will sing two little known Sousa songs titled “I’ve Made My Plans for the Summer” and “The Roosters Lay Eggs in Kansas.” Several patriotic marches by Sousa and Henry Filmore are also part of the evening’s repertoire including “The Liberty Bell,” “From Maine to Oregon,” “Hands Across the Sea,” “The Footlifter,” and “The Gladiator.” “America, the Beautiful” ends the first half of the concert and the second half will conclude with the Armed Forces Salute and the Stars and Stripes.
Friday, July 3rd, 2015
Show Begins at 7:30 PM