The Estes Park Village Band will present its annual Fourth of July Concert at 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, and will conclude by 8:30 p.m. so audience members can travel to their favorite fireworks-viewing area before the fireworks show begins at 9:30 p.m.
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 37th year of performing for the Estes Park community and its visitors. Sharing the conducting duties for Saturday’s program will be Loren Johnson, Jeff Klintberg and Chuck Varilek.
The concert will begin as it always does, with the “Star Spangled Banner” followed by “God Bless America.” Other patriotic songs the audience will hear include “This Is My Country,” “American The Beautiful,” “Freedom Isn’t Free” and “American Patrol.”
There will be no shortage of marches performed at this concert. You can expect to hear Karl King’s “Kentucky Sunrise,” Samuel Hazo’s “Black Granite,” Henry Fillmore’s “North South College All-Stars March” and John Philip Sousa’s “The Stars And Stripes Forever.”
Scott Anderson will be featured as a vocal soloist on “God Bless America,” “This Is My Country,” “Freedom Isn’t Free” and will lead the audience in “The Ultimate Patriotic Sing-Along,” as arranged by Estes Park resident Jerry Brubaker.
Michael J. Arnott will be featured as vocal soloist on “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” a tribute to our first responders who put their lives on the line for us every day. Michael J is a performer and general manager of the Lazy B Chuckwagon Dinner and Show at the Elkhorn Lodge and also performs at the Barleens Dinner Show in Apache Junction, AZ.
In what has become an Estes Park tradition, Johnson will direct the Village Band in the performance of a special selection, “Armed Forces.” This arrangement features the theme songs of the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and Air Force. 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 theme song.
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 Estes Park High School bandroom
For more information contact Chuck Varilek at 970-227-8704.