By Robert Johanek
Civic Band Director
MARSHFIELD — The march music of John Philip Sousa will be featured as the Marshfield Civic Band concludes its 2017 season with its annual “Grand Sousa Concert” to be held Aug. 2 starting at 7 p.m. at the Columbia Park Band Shell.
In case of possible inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the Oak Avenue Community Center. Also, the starting time is one half hour earlier than usual.
The concert will offer listeners a variety of music, from the finale to Rossini’s “William Tell Overture” and Offenbach to lighter and more comic works from turn-of-the-19th-century America. Encores between listed pieces will feature Sousa marches and other patriotic music.
A special feature of the concert will be the premiere of a medley of songs from the World War I era called “Echoes from the Battlefield,” arranged by Darren Jenkins. This performance will commemorate the centenary anniversary of the United States’ entrance into World War I.
The Marshfield Civic Band is descended from an Army National Guard band, which was deployed overseas to France in World War I and to the Pacific Theater in World War II, entertaining the troops and serving at the front.
A free-will offering from the audience will be collected at the intermission of the concert.