The British Invasion (Music from Across the Pond)

The Marion Concert Band continues its summer concert series with a program of music from the British Isles on Friday, August 2. The program features several classic British Brass Band pieces as well as music of the Yardbirds, the Kinks, Petula Clark, Gerry and the Pacemakers, and the Beatles. There may even be an appearance by members of the Cape Cod British Car Club, LTD (CCBCC). The program is as follows:

Colonel Bogey – K. J. Alford

Second Suite in F for Military Band – G. Holst

            Eric Drew, guest conductor

Concerto for Clarinet – K. Kurpinski

            Tony Borges, clarinet

English Suite – C. Grundman

Prelude, Siciliano & Rondo – M. Arnold

Sarabande (from Solitaire) – M. Arnold

Pop and Rock Legends: The Beatles – arr. M. Sweeney

Irish Tune from County Derry – P. Grainger

British Invasion: Hits of the 60’s – arr. J. Vinson

Doctor Who: Through Time and Space – M. Gold

The British Are Coming – arr. J. Bocook

Knightsbridge March – E. Coates 

            Guest conductor Eric Drew is an award-winning musician and educator with over a decade of experience leading student and adult ensembles. He performs regularly as a trumpet player with the Narragansett Bay Symphony Orchestra and the Marion Concert Band. Born in Rhode Island, Eric earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine and a Master’s Degree in Wind Conducting from Indiana State University. He has taught in public schools in both Massachusetts and Rhode Island, and is currently the Director of Bands at Curtis Corner Middle School in South Kingstown, RI.

            Tony Borges is a retired Army musician and most recently a music teacher. After 37 years of service as a U.S. Army musician in the Army National Guard, retired in 2006 at the rank of Warrant Officer 1. He has performed as principal clarinet with the 18th U.S. Army Band, the 88th Army Band, the 215th Army Band, and the 1st Continental Army National Guard Band. He is the principal clarinetist with St. Cecilia Philharmonic Band of Fall River, the principal clarinetist with the Legion Band in Plymouth, and has also performed with the Tri-County Symphonic Band, the Melbourne Municipal Band in Florida, and the Central Florida Winds. He has been a member of the Marion Concert Band since 2015.

            The Cape Cod British Car Club, LTD (CCBCC) is a Massachusetts not-for-profit corporation whose membership annually exceeds 250. While members come from all over the world, most members are residents of southern New England. CCBCC members enjoy driving and displaying their English automobiles. Throughout the year the CCBCC participates in events and raises funds for scholarship purposes. Annually the club provides scholarships to automotive and auto body students at the Upper Cape Regional Technical School, the South Plymouth High School and the Cape Cod Regional Technical School. The club also provides funds towards a specific scholarship program available to Falmouth High School students. 

            The concert, under the direction of Tobias Monte, will begin at 7:00 pm, weather permitting, at the Robert Broomhead Bandstand, Island Wharf off Front Street in Marion. All concerts are free and open to the public. “Like” us on Facebook at “Marion Town Band” for up-to-date announcements and rain cancellation notices.

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