TERRE HAUTE -- The Fourth of July celebration at Fairbanks Park will include music, fireworks and food vendors.
Activities will begin at 8 p.m., with the presentation of the national colors by V.F.W. Post No. 972.
The Terre Haute Community Band will then take the stage to present, "America the Beautiful." Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett will be present to welcome all to the event.
Veterans and current members of all branches of the United States military services will be recognized with "their" song. Each service song will be played in its entirety. Two all-time favorite patriotic songs, "America the Beautiful," and "Battle Hymn of the Republic," are also featured on the playlist.
"The Battle Hymn of the Republic," was a popular song during the Civil War and is a combination of a hymn or prayer written by Julia Ward Howe and a popular soldier's campfire song written by William Steffe. "America the Beautiful," achieved its fame during the early 1900s and was initially a poem written by Katherine Lee Bates during a visit to Colorado and then set to music by Samuel A. Ward.
John Philip Sousa is well represented on the program, having written "Semper Fidelis," and "The U.S. Army Artillery," marches which became the service songs for the Marine Corps and the U.S. Army, respectively. The "Liberty Bell," "Washington Post March," and "Stars and Stripes Forever," are also on the playlist.
Several selections are intended to bring back memories of specific events. "God Bless America," written by Irving Berlin, was even touted by some as a replacement for the "Star Spangled Banner," and will always be remembered in connection with Kate Smith, who made it popular.
Another popular writer of Tin Pan Alley songs as well as a strong patriotic figure was George M. Cohan, the composer of "You're a Grand Old Flag."
"Homefront: Musical Memories of World War II," includes such favorites as Bob Hope's theme song, "Thanks for the Memories," "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree," and "Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition." A different look at war time is Aram Khachaturian's "To the Heroes of the Great Patriotic War," which was written in honor of the Soviet soldiers during World War II.
Principal conductor Yvonne Newlin is the Performing Arts Coordinator and Instructor at Lincoln Trail College and is now entering her eighth season conducting the THCB. The summer concert series is presented by the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department.
For further information, call the Terre Haute Community Band office at St. Mary-of-the-Woods College at 812-535-6440 or log on to www.terrehautecommunityband.org.