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By Heidi Tanner
Special to The PREVIEW
The Pagosa Springs Community band invites you to enjoy a free concert on the Fourth of July, at 2 p.m. on the back lawn of the Springs Resort Hotel near the footbridge across from the county courthouse.
Bring a blanket and enjoy a variety of patriotic songs in celebration of Independence Day.
The 35-plus member band was formed with the goal 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 Larry Baisdon who hails from Texas and was at the helm of a large high school music department during his professional career. Our band is fortunate to have him.
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” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” which is the official march of the United States of America.
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.
This year, the Pagosa Springs Community Band will be adding a new Sousa march to our repertoire: the “Washington Post March.”
The “Washington Post March” was written by Sousa in 1989 at the request of the Washington Post newspaper for their essay contest awards ceremony. Sousa obliged and the march was performed for the first time June 15, 1989. The “Washington Post March” was an instant hit and led to Sousa being dubbed “The March King.”
The Pagosa Springs Community Band is very appreciative of the Springs Resort Hotel, which is hosting this concert for the second year in a row. The Springs Resort will offer a two-for-one drink special during the concert. Please join us for a festive and patriotic band concert. Our members look forward to playing for you and celebrating the holiday with you.