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Craven Community Concert Band to host free Union Point Park concert

May 14, 2014

Sun Journal, New Bern, N.C.



May 14--The Craven Community Concert Band will host its final concert of the 2013-14 season on Sunday with a musical list ranging from patriotic to classical and spiritual.

The free concert is presented through the New Bern Parks and Recreation Department.

It will kick-start New Bern's "100 days of Summer" from the Union Point Park gazebo.

Music will begin at 6:30 p.m. and end around 7:45. The concert will have a patriotic theme and will be dedicated to all who have served in the armed forces of the United States.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Service animals are welcome, but alcohol is not, along with glass containers, fireworks and all other pets. There is no rain date.

Selections will include marches, music from Broadway, the big band era, patriotic favorites and a salute to all branches of the military.

The songs will include: "The Star Spangled Banner" by Francis Scott Key, with arrangement by John Stafford Smith; "1st Suit in E Flat" by Gustav Holst; "Phantom of the Opera" by Andre Lloyd Webber, arrangement by Warren Barker; "Ye Banks and Braes O'Bonnie Doon" by Percy Aldridge Grainger; "In the Miller Mood," arranged by Warren Barker; a spiritual by Don Gillis, arranged by Glenn Bainum; "The U.S. Field Artillery March" by John Philip Sousa; "Lassus Trombone" by Henry Fillmore, arranged by Loras Schissel; "Washington Post" by Sousa, arranged by Frederick Fennell; "Band of Brothers" by Michael Kamen; "America the Beautiful" by Samuel A. Ward, arranged by Carmen Dragon; and the "Armed Forces Salute," arranged by Bob Lowden.

The band is directed by retired Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Matt Farquhar. He has directed Marine Corps bands all over the world. He founded and leads the Band of America's Few, a group composed of former Marine musicians from throughout the United States and abroad. They perform several times each year around the U.S and Canada. Their most recent performance was at the Mardi Gras in New Orleans. He is married to the former Shannon Van Pelt, who is the enlisted director of the Marine Corps Band at Camp Lejeune.

The 75-member community band has presented three concerts each year since 2000.

Band members include high school students, working adults and retirees. Several are current or former band directors or professional musicians. Others played in high school or college bands.

The band received support from the North Carolina Arts Council. On the web: cravencommunityconcertband.org

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