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Tom Keener – Guest Contributor
May 21 @ 09:09
Iwo Jima Survivor and Allen Community Band

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Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Dr.
Allen, Texas 75013

Join Allen Community Band (ACB), VFW 2195 and Allen Public Library in paying tribute to America’s fallen soldiers at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 26, at the Allen Public Library Civic Auditorium.  During this program, Iwo Jima survivor Clyde Jackson will share his memories as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps.  A member of "F" Company 2nd Battalion 28th Regiment in the 5th Marine Division, he was standing a few feet away from photographer Joe Rosenthal when he captured the iconic flag raising on Iwo Jima.

The Allen Community Band will perform American Celebration, arranged by Robert W. Smith, Washington Post March by John Phillip Sousa, and Hymn of Freedom from Symphony #1 by Johannes Brahms. 

The program continues with two contrasting selections by Ralph Vaughn Williams.  The first, Sea Songs, is light and airy with nautical themes spread throughout.  The second, Folk Song Suite, is one of Vaughn Williams’s most popular selections for wind band.  Movements one and three are in march form, an unusual compositional technique.  The Second movement, Intermezzo, is based on the flowing melody of “My Bonny Boy” and features soloists across the band and intriguing exchanges between the brass and woodwind sections.

Selections from The Lion King are featured in a very solid arrangement by Jay Bocook, one of the leading arrangers for band in America.  Among these songs are Circle of Life, I Can’t Wait to be King, and King of Pride Rock.

The Hounds of Spring by Alfred Reed is a staple in the American Band Literature.  In typical overture style, it opens with a full band statement of rhythms and melodies that are both technically demanding and lyrically soothing. Hounds ends with slight variations of the opening statement with the band at its most intense level.

Concluding the concert, the Band will perform John Phillip Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, featuring piccolo soloist Julie Bell. 

The library is located is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Call 214-509-4911 for more information.