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THCB to present, 'Circus Days'

Friday, June 22, 2012

TERRE HAUTE -- The Terre Haute Community Band will present, "Circus Days," Saturday, June 23, at Fairbanks Park, Terre Haute.

The show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

"Circus Time," a suite for band, will offer the "Ringmaster," Terre Haute Community Band's David Brinson, the opportunity to introduce the circus acts. Those in attendance will meet the acrobats, trapeze artists and clowns and then hear the chariot races and grand finale.

The "Carnival of the Animals," by Camille Saint-Saens, provides the Royal March of the Lions, the Elephant, Fossils and a finale.

Screamers, marches written especially to get the audience excited before the clowns and animals parade through the circus tent, will also be performed, including Fred Jewell's "The Screamer!"

Karl King was a bandmaster for Barnum and Bailey's Circus in 1917, and later organized and conducted the Fort Dodge, Iowa, municipal band. King wrote, "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite," in 1913, when he was only 22. During a 1980 international music survey, the march ranked fourth in the top 140 marches.

"When You Wish Upon A Star," from Walt Disney's 1940 adaptation of the story of "Pinocchio," will also be performed, as will "Over the Rainbow."

Teen volunteers from the Vigo County Public Library will also be on hand to dish out free popcorn and present young members of the audience with a book and clownish gift.

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