Municipal Band concert opens its season Wednesday

Monday, June 13, 2022

LE MARS — The Le Mars Municipal Band will present its first concert of the summer at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 15, at Foster Park on Central Avenue South. Admission is free.

Concert-goers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and blankets.

Band conductor is Jerry Bertrand, who is starting his 34th year as director.

The band will open the concert with “Bonds of Unity,” a march by Iowa’s March King, Karl L. King.

The band will then play “On an American Spiritual” by composer David Holsinger and based on the well-known spiritual “Were You There.”

Next of the concert will be “Let the Spirit Soar” by James Swearingen. This will be followed by “Latina,” a Latin American dance by Frank Bendriscutto.

The band will then play “Pavanne,” the second movement of Morton Gould’s “American Symphonette No. 2.”

Next on the concert will be “Prairie Songs” by Pierre LaPlante. This work includes “The Pinery Boy” and “The Turkey Song.”

Songs from Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s musical “Carousel” will be performed next. This medley includes “Carousel Waltz,” “Mister Snow,” “Blow High, Blow Low,” “If I Loved You,” “June is Bustin’ Out all Over,” “What’s The Use Of Wond’rin’ ,” “A Real Nice Clambake,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

The band will conclude the concert with “Bombasto March” written in 1895 by Orion Farrar.

The Kiwanis/Aktion Club will be serving ice cream treats during the concert.

The band is currently accepting donations for future concerts. Donations may be given to director Bertrand or any band member.

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