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Spring Concert 2021 Fremont Bands

Welcome to our first Fremont Bands Concert in the Park! We have so many parts of our band program and are excited to share them all with you. The plan had been for this to be two separate events, yet COVID interfered and forced us to reschedule into a single event. This is intended to be less formal than a traditional concert. Please make sure if you like what you hear, let the students know by means of authentic, enthusiastic applause.

Percussion Ensemble

Follow Suit by: Ralph Hicks

Furioso and Valse in D Minor by: Earl Hatch, performed by Anthony Leroy

Multitasker by: Eric Rath

Rain Dance by: Alice Gomez, performed by Caden Harris

Escape Artist by: Eric Rath

Transition MUSIC - Performed by Percussion students:
Symphonic Band

Both of these pieces were performed at our Region Band Festival, where we earned Excellent Ratings.

Amazing Grace by: Tyler Arcari

This moving hymn has long been a staple in celebrations of life and for comfort in moments of sorrow; this setting is meant as a celebration of the life of a fellow musician and composer.

Whale Warriors by: Brian Balmages

Experience the stunning true story of Captain Paul Watson and his crew as they set sail in the Antarctic in an attempt to sink whaling ships! Based on these "modern day pirates," the music tells the story of their adventures as they sail on the open seas in an attempt to stop these ships using methods that include stink bombs, prop foulers, and even the dreaded "can opener!" The music paints a picture of their ship, the Farley Mowat, which is painted black with a Jolly Roger hoisted up. The energy rises as they engage other ships and risk their lives to save these beautiful defenseless creatures.

Wind Ensemble

These musical numbers were both part of our Superior Rated performance at Region Band Festival last month. We are so proud of the progress our Wind Ensemble has made through the year.

an American Elegy by: Frank Ticheli

An American Elegy is, above all, an expression of hope. It was composed in memory of those who lost their lives at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, and to honor the survivors. It is offered as a tribute to their great strength and courage in the face of a terrible tragedy. I hope the work can also serve as one reminder of how fragile and precious life is and how intimately connected we all are as human beings.

"I was moved and honored by this commission invitation, and deeply inspired by the circumstances surrounding it. Rarely has a work revealed itself to me with such powerful speed and clarity. The first eight bars of the main melody came to me fully formed in a dream. Virtually every element of the work was discovered within the span of about two weeks. The remainder of my time was spent refining, developing, and orchestrating." - Frank Ticheli

The work begins at the bottom of the ensemble's register, and ascends gradually to a heartfelt cry of hope. The main theme that follows, stated by the horns, reveals a more lyrical, serene side of the piece. A second theme, based on a simple repeated harmonic pattern, suggests yet another, more poignant mood. These three moods - hope, serenity, and sadness - become intertwined throughout the work, defining its complex expressive character. A four-part canon builds to a climactic quotation of the Columbine Alma Mater. The music recedes, and an offstage trumpeter is heard, suggesting a celestial voice - a heavenly message. The full ensemble returns with a final, exalted statement of the main theme.

The Hounds of Spring by: Alfred Reed

This exciting, rhythmic overture for band is in the fast-slow-fast format of the early 18th-century Italian opera overtures. The composer's purpose was to capture the twin elements (exuberant, youthful gaiety and the sweetness of tender love) found in the following excerpt from Atlanta in Calydon, written in 1865 by the English poet Algernon Charles Swinburne (1837-1909).

When the hounds of spring are on winter's traces,

The mother of months in meadow or plain

Fills the shadows and windy places

With lisp of leaves and ripple of rain; Where shall we find her, how shall we sing to her,

Fold our hands round her knees and cling?

O that man's heart were as fire and could spring to her,

Fire, or the strength of the streams that spring!

And soft as lips that laugh and hide

The laughing leaves of the trees divide,

And screen from seeing and leave in sight

The god pursuing, the maiden hin.

The Hounds of Spring was commissioned by, and dedicated to, the John L. Forster Secondary School Concert Band of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and its director, Gerald A. N. Brown. The world premiere was in Windsor on May 8, 1980, conducted by the composer.

Combined Concert Bands

The Mandolorian by: Ludwig Goransson

The Mandalorian is an American space Western streaming television series created by Jon Favreau for Disney+. It is the first live-action series in the Star Wars franchise, beginning five years after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983). It stars Pedro Pascal as the title character, a lone bounty hunter who is hired to retrieve "The Child".

The Mandalorian premiered on Disney+ on November 12, 2019 with the service's launch.

The Mandalorian music won the 2020 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding music Composition for a Series.

Jazz Band
set 1: Something borrowed

All of these songs have been "borrowed" from our previous concerts this year. Two were performed in the fall, while we were desperately trying to learn how to function in a COVID-19 tainted school year. The other three were performed for our Region Jazz Festival, in which our band earned Excellent Ratings.

September

"September" is a song by the band Earth, Wind & Fire released as a single in 1978 on ARC/Columbia Records. Initially included as a track for The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1, "September" was very successful commercially and reached No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot R&B Songs chart, No. 8 on the US Billboard Hot 100,and No. 3 on the UK Singles Chart. The song remains a staple of the band's body of work and has been sampled, covered, remixed, and re-recorded numerous times.

It was added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry list of sound recordings that "are culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" in 2018.

After You've Gone

"After You've Gone" is a 1918 popular song composed by Turner Layton with lyrics by Henry Creamer. It was recorded by Marion Harris on July 22, 1918, and released by Victor Records. The chorus adheres to a standard ABAC pattern but is only 20 measures long. There are four 4-bar phrases, followed by a 4 measure tag. The song is harmonically active, with chord changes almost every measure. The opening four notes are identical to the opening notes of Peg o' My Heart (1912)—at the time songwriters often borrowed the first few notes of a hit melody. The song was so popular that the sheet music was later decorated with tiny photographs of the 45 men who made the song famous, including Paul Whiteman, Rudy Vallée, B.A. Rolfe, Guy Lombardo, and Louis Armstrong.

A New Standard

A New Standard was written for the US Army Jazz Ambassadors. The Jazz Ambassadors is the United States Army’s premier big band. This 19-member ensemble, formed in 1969, has received great acclaim both at home and abroad performing America’s original art form, jazz. Formed in 1969, this ensemble has received critical acclaim throughout the United States and abroad. One of the missions of the Jazz Ambassadors is to promote quality jazz education in American schools. 

...and Yet so Far, featuring Hyrum Buck - Alto Saxophone

and Yet so Far features Hyrum Buck on Alto saxophone. This ballad is in the film noir style. Its smoky harmonies and wistful melody are broken up with a double-time swing section before a powerful reprise at the end. Composer Chris Sharp, Ph.D. is a professional composer, arranger and orchestrator currently living in Sanford, Florida. Educated at the University of Florida and the University of Miami, he has served the music field in a wide range of capacities. As a trombonist, Dr. Sharp worked as a full-time performing musician and band leader at Walt Disney World for eleven years. In addition, he has served as an arranger/orchestrator for the Disney parks worldwide since 1984, providing music for atmosphere groups, live shows, recording sessions and national television broadcasts. He also has written for numerous freelance clients including Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the Boston Pops, the Dallas Brass and several service bands including the famed USAF Airmen of Note.

Blues in Hoss Flat

A medium shuffle blues scored for the Basie Orchestra in 1957. This chart was featured in the Jerry Lewis film The Errand Boy. The chart features solos for several instruments giving many students an opportunity to improvise. Blues in Hoss Flat was originally recorded by the Count Basie Orchestra on Chairman of the Board. For many years facsimile copies of Frank Foster's score and parts were reproduced and published by Walrus Music Publishing.

Set 2: Something Classic

This set features music from the Big Band era and before. All of these charts are representative of the popular music of it's time. This musical trek spans more than 50 years. 50 years of American popular music.

An American Patrol (1885)

"American Patrol" is a popular march written by Frank White (F.W.) Meacham in 1885. It incorporates both original musical themes by Meacham and melodies from American patriotic songs of the era such as "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean," "Dixie," and "Yankee Doodle." Composed for piano, it was then arranged for wind band and published by Carl Fischer in 1891. Copyright was assigned to Meacham's widow, Cora, in 1912 and renewed in 1919. The 1885 and 1914 printings for piano do not include "Dixie."

Glenn Miller's Orchestra recorded a swing version of the march arranged by Jerry Gray in 1942 which was released as a 78 single on Victor Records.

Blue Skies (1926)

The song was composed in 1926 as a last-minute addition to the Rodgers and Hart musical Betsy. Although the show ran for only 39 performances, "Blue Skies" was an instant success, with audiences on opening night demanding 24 encores of the piece from star Belle Baker. During the final repetition, Ms. Baker forgot her lyrics, prompting Berlin to sing them from his seat in the front row.

In 1927, the music was published and Ben Selvin's recorded version (as The Knickerbockers with vocals by Charles Kaley) was a hit. That same year, it became one of the first songs to be featured in a talkie, when Al Jolson performed it in The Jazz Singer. The song was recorded for all of the major and dime store labels of the time. A version was recorded by Benny Goodman and his Orchestra in 1935 (Victor 25136). 1946 was also a notable year for the song, with a Bing Crosby/Fred Astaire film taking its title along with two recorded versions by Count Basie and Benny Goodman reaching #8 and #9 on the pop charts, respectively. Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye performed the song in the 1954 film White Christmas. Crossing genres, Willie Nelson's recording of "Blue Skies" was a #1 country music hit in 1978. It was a major western swing and country standard already in 1939, when it was performed by Moon Mullican.

In the Mood (1939)

"In the Mood" is a popular big band-era jazz standard recorded by American bandleader Glenn Miller. "In the Mood" is based on the composition "Tar Paper Stomp" by Wingy Manone. The first recording under the name "In the Mood" was released by Edgar Hayes & His Orchestra in 1938.

In 1983, the Glenn Miller recording from 1939 was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2004, the recording was inducted into the Library of Congress National Recording Registry which consists of recordings that are "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

In 1999, National Public Radio (NPR) included the 1939 Glenn Miller recording in its list of "The 100 most important American musical works of the 20th century".

Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (1941)

"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" is a World War II novelty song written by Don Raye and Hughie Prince which was introduced by The Andrews Sisters in the Abbott and Costello comedy film, Buck Privates (1941). The Andrews Sisters' Decca recording reached number six on the U.S. pop singles chart in the spring of 1941 when the film was in release. The song is ranked No. 6 on Songs of the Century. Bette Midler's 1972 recording of the song also reached the top ten on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

"Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song.

Set 3: Something New

This set features the music of Adele and Michael Bublé. While both artists artists are current, they both have an old time, classic sound.

Rolling in the Deep

Hello

Skyfall

Feeling Good

THANK YOU to: Michael Wooden and Jessica Chamberlain, our Jr High Band Directors. You willingly put noisemakers in the hands of kids and manage to create beautiful music. Thank you to Michele Perry, our amazing principal and to Jeffrey Marchant, Mike Brown and Alicia Mitchell, our Assistant Principals. Thanks to Geoff Anderson, Amber Taylor, Courtney Christensen and Aubrey Obray for their camaraderie and support. They all have gone way above and beyond to help us have performances this year. In addition to that, ensembles in our Choir, Orchestra and Band programs have earned Superior ratings this year. That is remarkable. Our musical won our region. We are part of an incredible, immersive performing arts program. The arts really are thriving at Fremont. Thank you for allowing your child to participate in band this year. In spite of restrictions and challenges, we have had a very successful year. Thank you to our custodial staff. They are incredible and have been pushed beyond belief this year to help ensure our students safety. All of these people contribute to the success of the band program. Their support does not go unnoticed or unappreciated. Thank you to the other teachers and staff members at Fremont. We have an amazing team of educators and staff members that love and support your kids. Thank you parents and loved ones, your support helps your student achieve many great things, including this performance.

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