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THCB set for final performance of season

Thursday, August 11, 2011

TERRE HAUTE -- The final performance for the Terre Haute Community Band will take place this weekend.

The event will commence at 8 p.m., Saturday, at Fairbanks Park.

Conductor Yvonne Newlin will yield the director duties to Steve Humphrey to conduct two numbers, "Third Suite," and "The Repasz Band March."

Humphrey is Director of Bands at Honey Creek Middle School and is beginning his 28th year with the Vigo County School Corporation this fall.

However, during the summer, the audience usually sees him working hard in the THCB percussion section.

"The Third Suite," is by Richard Jager and was the tune that prompted the reflection that "it's a march you can't march to ..."

Written in 1966 for a high school band in Virginia, it is intended to be a lot of fun to play.

"The Repasz Band March," first published in 1901, was composed by either Charlie C. Sweeley or Henry Lincoln.

Although which composer actually wrote the march is still contested, the Repasz Band still continues to perform in Williamsport, Penn. Founded in 1831, the band is considered the oldest community band in continuous existence in the United States.

This march was listed in the "World's 100 Best Known Marches," and in its time was a strong challenger to Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever," as the country's favorite march.

Two well-known tunes, "Beer Barrel Polka," and "Waltzing Matilda," are also on the playlist.

The polka originated in Czechoslovakia and is also sometimes known as "Roll Out the Barrel."

"Waltzing Matilda," sometimes mistaken for the Australian National song, is a folk tune with lyrics based on a poem written by "Banjo" Patterson, an Australian journalist and poet.

Robert Russell Bennett collaborated with most of the leading theater composers from the 1920s to the 1960s and is often referred to as the "Dean of American Arrangers."

He also composed many works of his own, including the "Suite of Old American Dances," scheduled for Saturday's performance.

"Big Band Signatures," is exactly what the name says: A medley of songs that were so closely identified with a particular band that other bands rarely tried to perform them.

Newlin is the Performing Arts Coordinator and Instructor for Lincoln Trail College and is now entering her eighth season conducting THCB. The summer concert series is presented by the Terre Haute Parks and Recreation Department.

For further information, call the Terre Haute Community Band at 812-535-6440 or log on to www.terrehautecommunityband.org.

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