2 concerts this week!

Join Spirit of America Wind Ensemble for two excellent concerts this week!

Thursday, July 22, 6:30 pm
Eldredge Park in Orleans
Benefiting Lower Cape Outreach Council. Bring a free will offering or non-perishable item and help fill the pantry!
Come and hear a blend of the best: patriotic marches, show tunes, classics, medleys and more by Spirit of America’s finest musicians:
Four Dances from West Side Story by Bernstein
Prairie Wind by Greg Sanders
The Two Imps by Kenneth Alford
Summon the Heroes by John Williams
Alexander’s Ragtime Band by Irving Berlin
and more!

Saturday, July 24, 7 pm
Spirit of America is featured at Mashpee Night at the Pops!
Spirit of America Wind Ensemble presents a program featuring beautiful American symphonic works by Copland, Grundman, Williams, Sousa, Bernstein, and more, plus the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, and an appearance by the Fife and Drum Corps! The evening ends with an extraordinary fireworks display! Visit www.mashpeepops.com for tickets and information.

Re-Sound!

In preparation for our tour to South Africa in 2011, Spirit of America launches “Re-Sound.”

On tour this year, Spirit of America had the opportunity to work with several inner-city groups. It is such a pleasure and privilege to teach these eager and talented young musicians, but heartbreaking to realize that due to lack of funds the instruments they need are simply not available.

This is just a taste of what we know we will encounter in South Africa! Please help us spread hope and possibility to these South African young people. If you have an instrument that is no longer in use, we will be pleased to take it with us, and give it to a child there. Spirit of America will teach music to these children, and also how to maintain and care for the instruments, so the joy and beauty of the music they make can last for generations!

So if you have an instrument to give — a clarinet in your basement, a trombone in your attic, even a spare drum head in your closet — please email [email protected] Thank you!

Concert in Orleans!

Spirit of America Wind Ensemble performs In Concert this Thursday, July 15, at 6:30 at Eldredge Park in Orleans!

Come and hear a blend of the best performed by Spirit of America’s finest musicians — patriotic marches, show tunes, classical works and more!
The Star Spangled Banner
The Sound of Music – Richard Rodgers, arr.Howard Cable
Fairest of the Fair – J.P. Sousa
US Air Force March – Robert Crawford
Brasses to the Fore – Harold Walters
Chimes of Liberty – Edwin Franko Goldman
Buck Private – Mourton Gold, trans. Philip Lang
Triple Trombones – Michel van Delft
Folk Song Suite – R.Vaughan Williams
Music Box Dancer – Frank Mills, arr. Bob Lowden
The Blue and the Gray – Clare Grundman
Arabian Nights from Disney’s “Aladdin” – arr. Jay Bocook
The Stars and Stripes Forever – J.P. Sousa

Bring the family and a picnic and enjoy this FREE concert! All free will offerings benefit Lower Cape Outreach Council. Bring a non-perishable item and help fill the pantry!

Update from Indy

Wednesday, July 7, Spirit of America arrived in Indianapolis, and had an incredible afternoon of workshops with band students from several Indianapolis high schools, including Shortridge High School and its newly re-instituted marching band! Indianapolis residents will read all about it in this feature article in the Indy Star.

These workshops, which continued on Thursday, were the result of a collaboration with Keith White: a kindred spirit of the band, with a passion for what music can do for young people. Spirit of America met Mr. White, the Director of Instrumental Music & Band for Indianapolis Public Schools, and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago last December. He has been working since then to make these workshops and show possible for all of his students. As we well know, the rewards of these workshops were mutual for both the students and the members of Spirit of America! Several of the students were quick to express their excitement about how much they learned, and their response to the performance of Exploration that night was overwhelming. These young musicians will definitely remain in our hearts!

Chicago Workshops

On July 3rd, Spirit of America got back to the heart of its mission, and had the opportunity to work with about 50 young musicians from Chicago. We covered some drill basics, music, and drum majoring skills, and the students seemed excited and ready to step-up their band programs! At the end of the day, we got to perform “Exploration” for them. As much as we hope to provide some inspiration through the hope and beauty of music, we are even more inspired by the opportunity to interface with these young lives. What a privilege!

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