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May 12, 2008

Ketchikan, Alaska - The theme for this year's community band spring concert is derived from an African proverb: "Yesterday is History, Tomorrow is a Mystery, Today is a Gift." This is also the title of one of the selections in the program dedicated to Rosa Parks in honor of her historic stand for equality in the 1950's. The piece is scored for brass and percussion instruments with singing and chanting "Zah-Ray-Se-Toh-Ta-No" - "Today is the Gift." It is a truly unique, exciting and inspirational piece.

Four traditional folk songs of Americana are included in Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs." They are "All The Little Horses," "Simple Gifts," "The Golden Willow Tree" and "Ching-A-Ring-Chaw."

Tina McPherson will be featured soloist on euphonium with band on two movements from "Willson Suite". She will play the beautiful "In A Gentle Rain" with the raindrops provided by finger-snapping among band members and KCCB's custom-built rain machine. The final movement is entitled "Hurricane" and the tempo is marked "furioso." It will be breezy in the Kayhi Auditorium.

In "Pop Rock Legends: The Association" the audience will be presented with four lasting popular songs from the sixties: "Cherish," "Never My Love", "Windy", and "Along Comes Mary."

"Hymn for the Cream and Crimson" is a tribute to Indiana University and it's former band director, Ray Cramer. It is a beautiful chorale featuring Matt Englebrecht on flugelhorn. The concert will also include "Glenn Miller in Concert," with favorites "In The Mood," "Little Brown Jug," "Tuxedo Junction," "A String of Pearls" and "Pennsylvania 6-5000."

Other selections include the stirring "Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral," from "Lohengrin" by Richard Wagner and Percy Grainger's "Over the Hills and Far Away". The concert will conclude with "John Williams: Evening at Pops". This medley includes "We're Lookin' Good" (Special Olympics Theme), "The Cowboys", "Dance of the Witches" and "Olympic Fanfare and Theme."

The concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 16th in the Kayhi Auditorium. Tickets are $10.00 for adults, and young people under the age of 18 are free. They are available from band members, at McPherson Music, Parnassus, the Arts Council and at the door.


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