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Municipal Band, Choral Arts perform Sunday

June 30, 1999|By KATE COLEMAN

Hagerstown Municipal Band will celebrate America's history in concert with Hagerstown Choral Arts, Sunday, July 4, at 8 p.m.

The band, organized n 1915, has quite a history itself. This summer marks the 85th series of the band's summer concerts.

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The Independence Day concert will be in Hagerstown City Park's band shell, built in 1936 and rededicated and named in honor of Peter Buys in 1965.

Buys, a native of Holland, directed Hagerstown Municipal Band from 1920 to 1959. He played with John Philip Sousa's band from 1912 to 1918, and Sousa, "The March King," frequently visited his former E-flat clarinetist in Hagerstown. On those visits, Buys handed the baton to Sousa, and he led the Hagerstown band, according to Hagerstown Municipal Band's 75th anniversary program. There are ghosts in that band shell, according to Lynn Lerew.

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Lerew now holds the baton, as he has since 1975. Prior to that, he played euphonium in the band since 1963. The July Fourth program features traditional patriotic favorites, including "America, The Beautiful," "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "Stars and Stripes Forever March."

The band plays what the audience likes, Lerew says.

Greg Shook has played oboe with Hagerstown Municipal Band since 1972, and he'll be playing Sunday, except when he's leading Hagerstown Choral Arts.

He is the founder of the chorus of more than 100 voices that completed its fifth season this year. Members range in age from high school students to senior citizens, Shook says.

Although Hagerstown Municipal Band has performed with other choral groups, Sunday's performance will be the first with Hagerstown Choral Arts. They planned only one joint rehearsal. "It is very scary," Shook said.

Jessica Bachtell, second soprano, has been a member of Hagerstown Choral Arts for about five years. She is looking forward to the performance. "I enjoy singing," she says.

The chorus will perform a cappella versions of "You Are the New Day" and "No Man is an Island."

With the band, the singer will perform "America, The Beautiful" and "Battle Hymn of the Republic."

Other selections during the Sunday concert will include:




  • "William Tell Overture" - Rossini
  • "Nutmegger's March" - Osterling
  • "Alexander's Ragtime Band" - Higgins
  • "Viva Musica!" - Reed
  • "When Johnny Comes Marching Home" - Jacob
  • "Penny Whistle Song" - Anderson
  • "Tin Pan Alley" - Barker


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