2004 Concert Series

December 6, 2004

Dean Immel, Director

Home For The Holidays
(Concert Montage featuring: Home For The Holidays, Winter Wonderland,
Over The River and I’ll Be Home For Christmas)
Arranged by John Higgins
Carol Of The Bells M. Leontovich – P. Wilhousky
Arranged by Sean O’Loughlin
Bashana Haba’ah Lyrics by Ehud Manor
Music By Nurit Hirsh
Arranged by Lloyd Conley
A Christmas Fantasy Based On
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Words and Music By
Noel Regney
Gloria Shayne

Arranged by Calvin Custer
The Eighth Candle
Prayer and Dance For Hanukkah
Steve Reisteter
4th Movement from First Suite For Band
Alfred Reed
‘Twas The Night Before Christmas
a setting of the classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore
Brooks Gardner, Narrator
Bill Holcombe
Sleigh Ride Leroy Anderson

October 18, 2004

Dean Immel, Director

Prelude and Fugue in F Minor
From Eight Little Preludes and Fugues
Johann Sebastian Bach
Transcribed by R.L. Moehlmann
Suite Francaise for Band
1. Normandie
3. Ile de France
5. Provence
Darius Milhaud
Suite from Carmen
The Toreadors, Argoniase, Habanera, Song of the Toreador, Dance Boheme
George Bizet
Arranged by James Curnow
One Fine Day
from Madame Butterfly
Giacomo Puccini
Arranged by L. Calliet
Rhapsody on an Old English Sea Song Stuart Johnson
from Exultate, Jubilate
W.A. Mozart
Arranged by Walter Beeler
First Suite For Band
III. Rag
Alfred Reed
His Honor March Henry Fillmore

May 24, 2004

Dean Immel, Director

American Tribute
Based on Yankee Doodle, My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, America the Beautiful
arranged by John Moss
Suite of Old American Dances
1. Cake Walk
Robert Russell Bennett
American Originals
A Symphonic Panorama including: Yankee Doodle Boy, Alexander’s Ragtime Band,
Swanee River
and You’re A Grand Old Flag
arranged by Sammy Nestico
Fantasy on American Sailing Songs
Including: Hornet and Peacock, Lowlands, What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?
and Rio Grande

Clare Grundman
An American In Paris George Gershwin
transcribed and arranged for Symphonic Band by
John Krance
Festival of American Spirituals
Little David, Play on Your Harp *Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child*
Ezekiel Saw The Wheel * Were You There? * Joshua*
Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen * Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit

arranged by Jerry Nowak
Salute To American Jazz
A Night in Tunisia * St. Louis Blues *
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it Ain’t Got That Swing) * Birdland
arranged by Sammy Nestico
Americans We March Henry Fillmore

April 19, 2004

Dean Immel, Director

Chester (Overture for Band)
Based on William Billings’ Hymn and Marching Song of the American Revolution

William Schuman
Touch of Tuba
Steve New,  tuba soloist
Art Dedrick
Four Pieces For Band Bela Bartok
Symphonic Psalm Claude T. Smith
Carlos Hernandez, tenor saxophone solo
Cesar Portillo de la Cruz
Country Gardens Percy Grainger
The Light Eternal James Swearingen
The Fairest of the Fair John Phillip Sousa


Chester: The Tune on which this composition is based was born during the time of the American Revolution, appearing in 1778 in a book of tunes and anthems composed by William Billings. It became the song of the American Revolution, sung around the campfires of the Continental Army and played by fifers on the march. The music and words express perfectly the burning desire for freedom which sustained the colonists through the difficult years of the war.

A Touch of Tuba: Steve New, Instrumental Music Director at John Muir Middle School in Burbank, California, is a graduate of the University of Southern California. Following a twenty-year hiatus from teaching, Mr. New returned to school to complete his teaching credential and Masters degree in Education.

Four Pieces for Band: This is an arrangement of four selected pieces from FOR CHILDREN, a collection of eighty-five Hungarian and Slovakian folk songs transcribed for piano solo by Bela Bartok.

Symphonic Psalm: This piece was commissioned by the 1979 Texas AA Honor Band, Bellville, H.S., Robert McElroy, conductor.

Delirio: Carlos Hernandez is backed up by Jose Blackman (bass), Mike Senescu (bongos), and Angelo Salazar (guitar).

Country Gardens: The world famous pianist, Percy Grainger, first performed an improvisation on an English morris dance called “Country Gardens” in 1918. This “ditty” became wildly popular, and was to become his best-known composition.

The Light Eternal: On February 3, 1943, the S.S. Dorchester, an American troop transport vessel, sank in the icy waters off the coast of Greenland, the victim of a German U-Boat. Of the 904 men aboard, 605 were lost. Among those who perished were four army chaplains, each of a different faith, each called to the same duty. The testimony of the survivors tells the story best: “As overcrowded lifeboats capsized, as rafts drifted away empty and men milled around the deck on the ragged edge of panic, the only fragment of hope came from these four men…and when the life jackets were gone, they gave away their own.” As the survivors swam away, they remember the chaplains standing, their arms linked, braced against the slanting deck. They were praying words in prayer in Latin, Hebrew and English, addressed to the same God. “The Light Eternal,” based on the well-known hymn, “God of Our Fathers,” is a reflective work that musically recounts this magnificent story.

The Fairest of the Fair March: This is the authentic original composition by John Phillip Sousa, with special drum arrangements by August Helmecke, drum virtuoso with the Sousa Band.