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Estes Park Village Band To Present Patriotic Concert July 4

village-bandThe Estes Park Village Band will present its annual Fourth of July Concert at the Performance Park, Estes Park’s beautiful 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 or blankets. The concert will be performed, rain or shine.

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 31st year of performing for the Estes Park community and its visitors. Sharing the conducting duties for Saturday’s program will be Loren Johnson and Chuck Varilek.

Varilek will open the concert with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” followed by “The Pledge Of Allegiance,” featuring vocal soloist Scott Anderson. Charles Phares, vocal soloist, will then sing Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” while accompanied by the band. The Village Band will then remember the victims of the September 11, 2001 attack on America with the performance of “Amazing Grace,” featuring Matt McDaniel on bagpipes. The band will continue with Henry Fillmore’s march, “Noble Men.”

Johnson will take over the conductor’s duties starting with “The Strategic Air Command March” by J. Clifton Williams, followed by Carmen Dragon’s arrangement of “America, The Beautiful.” Anderson will return to the microphone to sing “This Is My Country.” Phares will next be featured as vocal soloist on “God Bless The U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood. “Hoe Down,” by Aaron Copland, will be performed next.

In what has become an Estes Park tradition, Johnson will then 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 once again lead the band, starting with “Our Heritage,” a march by Karl King, followed by “American Patrol.” Phares will once again sing with the Village Band on “George M. Cohan Patriotic Fantasy,” featuring patriotic songs “Yankee Doodle Dandy” and “You’re A Grand Old Flag.” Julie Varilek will then be featured as piano soloist on “The Seal Lullaby,” a beautiful composition by Eric Whitacre. “Big Bands In Concert” will be performed next, including such Big Band hits as “A String Of Pearls,” “Satin Doll,” “Intermission Riff” and “Opus One.”

To finish the concert, Varilek 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.


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