Circle the date Saturday, November 20th, 7:30 p.m., because the John Philip Sousa band is coming to the Pantages Theater in Tacoma! The Tacoma Concert Band, the Northwest’s premier community symphonic band, will present “Stars, Stripes, and Sousa,” its biennial tribute to the March King and his music.
The concert will consist of more than Sousa’s famous marches. Just as Sousa did as his band toured America and Europe at the turn of the Twentieth Century, the TCB will play music both by Sousa and by his contemporaries, such as Bizet, Rossini, and Wagner. Sousa himself composed operettas, waltzes, and novelty pieces such as his rousing rendition of “Turkey in the Straw,” some of which will be on the TCB’s November 20th program. Sousa’s band included some of the finest musicians in America, who also performed as soloists. For this concert, the TCB is proud to present its own soloists, Morris Northcutt on cornet, Bill Dyer on trombone, plus mezzo-soprano Heidi Vanderford.
Sousa billed himself as a “Salesman of Americanism,” and his concerts reflected his patriotic fervor. He introduced American and European audiences to ragtime, jazz, and other musical forms that most of them had never encountered. His concerts were characterized by their fast pace, spirited encores, outstanding soloists, and rousing finale that invariably “brought down the house.” Those in attendance at “Stars, Stripes, and Sousa” can expect the same as the TCB, in full uniform and led by Mr. Sousa himself (as portrayed by Music Director Robert Musser), recreates the time, the place, and the music of the most popular composer and band leader America has ever known.
Tickets begin at $15, with substantial discounts for students, seniors, groups, and military personnel, and can be purchased from the Broadway Center box office, 253-591-5894, 1-800-291-7593. For further information, go to www.tacomaconcertband.org.