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Dedicated to the memory of P.G. Lowery and the Star of the West Brass Band. In 1999, a nearly failed attempt to assemble a band to travel to Eureka, Kansas to participate in the local historic society's celebration of Lowery Day, inspired this lively selection. With no funds, depending on volunteer musicians, there were just four: two cornets, euphonium and keyboard. The evening park concert needed just one more number, with no time to order anything. The only solution was to write something that was easy enough to learn and play with four pieces-- and quickly. The title is only fitting, since Lowery was known as "The Ragtime Cat" and this piece was written in desperation.
It went quite well, and at the insistence of band members, it has been expanded into a selection for full band.
Home at Last
Dedicated to the Municipal Band of Charlottesville, Virginia and its many donors, benefactors and supporters on the occasion of the completion of the Municipal Arts Center, the Band's new home, completed after over 75 years of existence without a permanent place for practice, storage, meetings, and other band functions.
A "build-a-band" section starting the trio follows the joyful first two strains. The addition of sections of instruments may bring to mind the construction of a building, starting with the low register and percussion as the foundation and ending with all of the instruments representing the completed structure.
The last half of the last strain hints at John Howard Payne's "Home, Sweet Home," and its main theme is boldly stated by the trumpets in the grandioso ending phrase.
Horns of Fame
Everyone familiar with band music associates the horns with after-beats. Many French horn players, being excellent musicians capable of much more, patiently endure this duty with little complaint. Here is a march that offers them a bit more challenge, with melodic parts in all areas, and only a few after-beat duties. They do get a little help from their friends on other instruments, but make a statement all their own in the last four measures.
No dedication or special occasion, other than the feeling of wanting to write a galop to capture some of the excitement of the fast moving action under the big top.
THE NEW PARAMOUNT MARCH
Karl L. King, American composer of band music, wrote The New Corn Palace in 1921 when his Fort Dodge, Iowa band played an engagement at The New Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. In 1926, he wrote The New Madison Square Garden, referring to this venue in New York City, which had been completed in 1925.
The Municipal Band of Charlottesville, Virginia happily performed their 2008 series of concerts in the renovated Paramount Theatre. This selection was written to commemorate the occasion.
The intention was to create something that sounded "theatrical," evoking images of red carpets, spotlights, and movie fanfares. Midway through the trio you may recognize quotes from Another Opening, Another Show, Gone with the Wind, and the Looney Tunes theme.
The Daily Progress
Dedicated to the newspaper that has covered the band's activities and published so many pictures of the back of Paul's head.
Each time the Charlottesville Municipal Band would rehearse Sousa's Washington Post, or Chambers Chicago Tribune, some one would wisecrack, "When are we going to play The Daily Progress?"
In response, this march was written and dedicated to our local publication that always announces our concerts to the public. It is a busy march, with lots of notes, in an attempt to represent the hectic and busy work of the newspaper world.
Reverie and Jubilee
Commissioned by and respectfully dedicated to Mr. Wayne Clark, who is heard performing the solo on the recording.
This euphonium solo is performed in two movements. The first movement Reverie, depicts a quiet, thoughtful time in a peaceful natural setting. It is performed rubato and allows the soloist flexibility for expression.
Jubilee represents a rustic group dance setting. A leader invites the group to dance by beginning alone with simple rhythm. The group joins in and eventually repeats the step that he started. The group then does a repeated pattern and the leader does more and more elaborate solo steps. After a brief pause, the dance begins again at a faster pace and ends in a burst of excitement.
The first Saturday of each May, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky hosts the Kentucky Derby. Horse racing fans and many others often think of Louisville as "Derby City." The composer first visited the city several times, then moved to Louisville with his family to stay almost four years. This march attempts to capture the excitement of "The Run for the Roses."
May The Goose
This song was written from Dr. Clifford E. Watkins' Circus Benediction – "May the Goose hang high, may the Ghost walk regular, and may each of your days be a Fourth of July."
THE OLD DOMINION
The march represents different areas and aspects of the state. After the introduction, the first strain quoted is In the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Moving eastward from the mountains, we find the Shenandoah Valley addressed in the second strain. The "tom-tom" accompaniment reminds us of the state's original inhabitants. Going into the trio, and continuing eastward, briefly we hear Dixie and Yankee Doodle, reminding us of the history of the Richmond area. Two quick statements of Sailor's Hornpipe speak to the maritime activity of the tidewater area.
The trio melody is new material but there is a secret to this tune. If you think you have figured it out, you can confirm it with the composer.
This is one of the few marches with a coda. The low brass theme from the introduction and break-up strain is repeated in an abbreviated form, just before the march ends.