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North Coast Symphonic Band show reminds us: ‘United We Stand’

Free concert July 3 at Liberty Theatre features all-American music

Published on June 28, 2018 6:14AM

The North Coast Symphonic Band at the Liberty Theatre in July 2017

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The North Coast Symphonic Band at the Liberty Theatre in July 2017

Clarinetist Jennifer Crockett, the Liberty Theatre’s executive director

Courtesy North Coast Symphonic Band

Clarinetist Jennifer Crockett, the Liberty Theatre’s executive director

Vocalist Bob Walters, of Battle Ground, Wash.

Courtesy North Coast Symphonic Band

Vocalist Bob Walters, of Battle Ground, Wash.

The Mea Culpa Bassoons

Courtesy North Coast Symphonic Band

The Mea Culpa Bassoons

Conductor and musical director Dave Becker

Courtesy North Coast Symphonic Band

Conductor and musical director Dave Becker


ASTORIA — Celebrate America’s birthday with the North Coast Symphonic Band at a free concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, in “Astoria’s living room,” the Liberty Theatre, 1203 Commercial St.

Conductor and musical director Dave Becker has planned an evening of all-American music. The guest clarinet soloist is Jennifer Crockett, executive director of the Liberty, and the vocalist for the evening is Bob Walters of Battle Ground, Wash.

Clatsop Post 12 of the American Legion will present the colors and service flags in tribute to those who have served their country in the military. Jeff Daly will present a special video finale with drone footage by Michael Angiletta Will to accompany the Stars and Stripes.

The theme of the concert is “United We Stand.” The first three numbers on the program are the “Star Spangled Banner,” “An American Fanfare” and “A Very American Overture.” The program continues with selections by American composers such as Gershwin, Bernstein and Sousa.

Several selections are regional, such as “The Redwoods” and “...and the antelope play” with elements of the American West. Crockett will be featured on a selection by John Williams — “Viktor’s Tale” from the movie “The Terminal.” Vocalist Bob Walters will sing “America, the Beautiful” and lead the sing-along of the service hymns and “God Bless America.”

Come early for a concert prelude at 6:30 p.m. by Mea Culpa Bassoons. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

This concert concludes the 2017-18 season of the North Coast Symphonic Band, but the band will return in the fall with Dave Becker continuing as musical director and conductor, and all concerts performed at the Liberty.

The band rehearses at the Performing Arts Center. Interested musicians should contact personnel director Lee Stromquist at encore1@charter.net or call 503-861-1328 to see if positions are open. Musicians should play at the advanced high school level or better and own their own instruments.

For more information, visit northcoastsymphonicband.org, follow North Coast Symphonic Band on Facebook, email ncsband@charter.net or call 503-325-2431.









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