Estes Park Village Band To Present Patriotic Concert On July 4th
The Estes Park Village Band will present its annual Fourth of July Concert at the Performance Park, Estes Park’s outdoor performance facility located on west Elkhorn Avenue. The free concert, featuring patriotic music and marches, will begin at 7:00 p.m. Audience members are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.
The band will be performing a variety of patriotic selections, celebrating America’s history, culture and traditions through music. In what has become a Village Band tradition, American flags will be distributed to the audience before the concert begins.
This is the band’s 26th year of performing for the Estes Park community and its visitors. Sharing the conducting duties for Sunday’s program will be Loren Johnson, Darold DeYoung, Ted Stuart and Chuck Varilek.
Varilek will open the concert with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” followed by “The Pledge Of Allegiance,” featuring vocal soloist Charles Phares. “Salute To The Colors,” a march by John Cacavas will next be performed. Phares will again sing with the band on Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America” and Loren Johnson will be featured as trumpet soloist on Leroy Anderson’s “A Trumpeter’s Lullaby.”
DeYoung will than take over the directing of the band, starting with Leroy Anderson’s “Belle Of The Ball.” Robert Keep will be featured as saxophone soloist on “Saxophobia” by Rudy Wiedoeft, followed by John Philip Sousa’s “Tally-Ho! Overture.”
Johnson will take over the conductor’s duties starting with themes from the movie,“How The West Was Won,” followed by Irving Berlin’s “Songs For America.” “National Emblem,” a march by E. E. Bagley will be performed next, followed by John Cacavas’ arrangement of “America.”
In what has become an Estes Park tradition, Johnson will direct the Village Band in the performance of a special selection, “Armed Forces Salute,” arranged by Bob Lowden. This arrangement features the theme songs of the Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force and Navy. Members of the audience who have served or are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their family members, will be asked to stand and be recognized with applause during the performance of their service song.
Varilek will again direct the band, starting with the march, “Our Heritage” by Karl King, followed by “Flight Of The Flutes” by James Ployhar. “Noble Men,” a march by Henry Fillmore will then be performed, followed by “Precious Lord, Take My Hand,” as arranged by Robert Smith. The band will continue with “Riders For The Flag,” a march by John Philip Sousa, followed by the Glenn Miller hit, “A String Of Pearls.”
To finish the concert, Ted Stuart will direct the Village Band in its traditional July 4th performance of “The Stars And Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.
The Village Band is an affiliate member of the Cultural Arts Council of Estes Park. The group has received a Community Service Grant from the town of Estes Park each year, starting in 2002. Some of the music performed at this concert was purchased through the grant awards.
The Estes Park Village Band is a community band made up of musicians from the Estes Park area as well as from surrounding communities. New members are always welcome to perform with the band. Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings, starting at 7:30 p.m. in the new Estes Park High School bandroom.
For more information contact Chuck Varilek at 586-8776.