2nd period 7th Grade band...
The Secrets of McDougal's Cave by Ed Huckeby
From the composer: Probably the most infamous and mysterious cave in American literature is McDougal's Cave, or as it is known today, the Mark Twain Cave. Located about 2 miles south of the boyhood home of Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) in Hannibal, Missouri, this approximately two-mile-long cave has a most unique and interesting history
The cave was first discovered in the winter of 1819 or 1820 by Jack Sims. In the 1830s the Clemens family move to the area and young Samuel made many secret visits to the cave. Using the pen name, Mark Twain, Clemons made McDougal's Cave famous in his classic book, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer." In his autobiography he described several of his childhood visits to the cave and recalled how he took bats home from the cave to "scare" his mother. He also indicated that the "Injun Joe" character in the book was a real person who often frequented the cave.
Over the decades the cave has seen it's share of interesting events, including as a secret ammunition store during the Civil War, as a hideout for Jesse James, and eventually as a tourist destination. The cave has been open to visitors continuously since 1886 and is now a Registered National Landmark.
Gothic Dance by Patrick J. Burns
Gothic Dance is based on "Douce dame jolie", a 14th century love song by the French composer Guilllame de Machaut. A translated excerpt of the lyrics reveal the writer's underlying devotion to his beloved:
Sweet, lovely lady / for God's sake do not think / that I am devoted to any woman / but you alone.
For always, without falsehood / I have cherished you, and humbly / served you all the days of my life / without deception.
Machuat chose not to compose a flowing, tender melody to match his lyrics, but instead crafted a rhythmically vibrant, dance-like tune whose energy is unrelenting. Apart from one note alteration in the this band setting, the melody is presented exactly as Machaut wrote it. All other musical material is original and is intended to highlight the passionate spirit of Machaut's masterpiece of the Middle Ages.
River Valley Serenade arranged by Patrick Wilson
All three folk songs used in this medley are well known to Americans, through their origins may be elsewhere. "Red River Valley", earlier known as "In the Bright Mohawk Valley" from a turn-of-the-century Broadway play, is based on a traditional Canadian folk song of James Kerrigan. Both Scotland and England had a role in "The Water Is Wide", known in those areas as "O Waly, Waly" or "Waly, Waly Up the Bank". OF these three tunes, "Shenandoah" (or "The Wide Missouri") is closed to being purely American, as this old sea chantey once was the ballad of a trader who wooed the daughter of an Indian chief, then left her on the shores of the Missouri River.
Stone Mountain Fantasy by Ed Huckeby
Ed Huckeby is an arts consultant and freelance composer, arranger, conductor and clinician. His career has included roles in higher education and arts administration, most recently serving as President of Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Oklahoma, until his retirement in 2014. Prior to his appointment at SCU, he was Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Music at Northeastern State University-Broken Arrow (OK). Huckeby also served as an arts administrator for Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Inc., and holds the title of Emeritus Professor of Music at Northwestern Oklahoma State University where he served for over two decades as Music Department Chairman and Dean of the Graduate School. He spent eight years teaching instrumental music in the public schools of Oklahoma, where his marching, concert and jazz bands won state and regional acclaim. His success in the public schools led him into the college teaching ranks where he became internationally recognized as an outstanding music educator and composer of almost 200 published works for concert and marching band. Ed's ability to write interesting and accessible instrumental music can be attributed to his experience at a variety of musical levels.
We need a few minutes to switch the stage. Feel free to stand and stretch, but don't go far!