Labor Day is often considered the unofficial end of summer, and what better way to celebrate the beginning of fall as well as the holiday weekend than to go to Alvin K. Bissell Park on Monday evening and enjoy great musical entertainment in a casual and fun atmosphere.
The evening will feature a concert by the Oak Ridge Community Band, directed by band conductor Shaun Salem. The concert is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Monday, September 6. It is a free family-friendly event. Organizers recommend you bring lawn chairs or blankets for outdoor seating. Ice cream will be available for sale.
The Community Band will play a variety of music genres including familiar patriotic marches, novelty pieces, classical, and the all-time crowd pleaser, which is so special for Tennessee Vol fans, “Rocky Top,” the press release said. Among the compositions on the September 6 program will be Robert Smith’s “American Flourish,” John Philip Sousa’s “The Thunderer,” the very fast-paced novelty piece Warren Barker’s “A Galop to End All Galops,” and James L. Hosay’s “Black Granite,” which was written to commemorate the men and women who gave their lives in the Vietnam War, the press release said.
A few other selections the band will play are Vincent Persichetti’s “Pageant,” the first movement of Vittorio Giannini’s “Symphony No. 3,” and Jay Dawson’s arrangement of “Tennessee Salute” featuring “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Wabash Cannonball,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” the beautiful “Tennessee Waltz,” and last but definitely not least “Rocky Top.”
Community Band rehearsals are held at First Baptist Church on Thursday evenings, and area musicians who would like to join the band can call (865) 202-2773 for information. Visit the band’s website at www.orcb.org and keep up with band current events through Facebook at www.facebook.com/OakRidgeCommunityBand.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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