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Free Pagosa Springs Community Band concert on July 4

The Pagosa Springs Community Band invites you to enjoy a free concert on the Fourth of July, at 1:30 p.m. on the back lawn of the Springs Resort Hotel, directly across the footbridge from the county courthouse.

Bring a blanket and enjoy a variety of patriotic songs in celebration of Independence Day. The 25-plus member band was formed to raise awareness of instrumental music, provide music education to student and adult players alike, and to celebrate the joy of playing and performing instrumental music for our community.

The Community Band is led by two seasoned, retired music educators — Bill Gottschalk and Larry Baisdon — both of whom hail from Texas and were at the helm of large high school music departments during their professional careers. Our band is fortunate to have them.

The Pagosa Springs Community Band will play a variety of patriotic anthems and marches including “The Star Spangled Banner”, John Philip Sousa’s famous “Semper Fidelis,” “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and “America the Beautiful.”

The band will also feature notable local soloists such as Larry Elginer and his smooth trumpet on “Trumpeter’s Lullaby” and Bob Nordmann and his warm alto saxophone on Gabriel’s Oboe, the theme from the movie “The Mission.”

We are pleased to feature Samantha Hunts, recent graduate of Pagosa Springs High School, singing “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical “Les Miserables.”

Our band enjoys a variety of instruments, from flutes to tubas and percussion and keyboard. Lastly, our concert will also include our small ensemble brass quintet, Four Geezers and a Chick, playing selections from the Glenn Miller songbook. This ensemble boasts D’Ann Artis on french horn, Larry Baisdon and Larry Elginer on trumpets, Dan Burch, Pagosa Springs High School Music Director, on trombone, and Dave Krueger, retired Pagosa Springs music educator, holding up the bottom end with his tuba. This ensemble is a treat not to be missed.

John Philip Sousa was a premier American composer and conductor. At age 26, he became conductor of the United States Marine Corps Band and remained leader of the band for five presidential administrations. Over his career, his band toured tirelessly and in its first seven years gave 3,500 concerts in 400 different cities. Though Sousa wrote many different types of music, we will feature a few of his most famous and patriotic marches. In addition to those mentioned, you will hear “Circus Gallop” and “Sabre and Spurs,” dedicated by Sousa to the officers and men of the 311th Cavalry. There is no greater American composer who embodies the spirit of the United States more than John Philip Sousa and we are proud to offer several selections from him to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Please join us for a festive and patriotic band concert on the back lawn of the Springs Resort Hotel at 1:30 p.m. on July 4. Our members look forward to playing for you and celebrating the holiday with you.

Should you play an instrument and wish to join our band, please contact Bill Gottschalk at 903-4145 or Larry Baisdon at 731-0244.

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