LIMA — It’s the music of the March King coming to Lima on Saturday when the Lima Area Concert Band presents its popular Sousa Salute.
“This is one of our bigger concerts all year,” said John Hill, director of the local band.
“For this concert, we are presenting a lot of Sousa marches, including 'Fairest of the Fair' and 'Thunderers,' two marches that many will recognize. Also, we have a couple of different things, including 'Pleasure,' a ragtime piece. Many people don’t realize that John Philip Sousa was one of the early proponents of rag-time music,” Hill said.
This program will also spotlight the musicality of the Rev. Becky Sunday, and trumpeter Jane Sycks.
“Sousa highlighted vocalists in many performances. He seemed to think vocalists could convey to the audience a meaning in the music that other instruments could not do,” Hill said.
For this concert, Sunday will perform the operatta "Vilia," as well as the Gershwin tune, “Someone to Watch Over Me.”
Also joining the band will be trumpeter Jane Sycks, last year’s recipient of the Gail Woolley Scholarship. “Jane will perform two very melodic trumpet pieces. One, the 'Trumpeters Lullabye,' was written after people requested a trumpet piece that wasn’t a march,” Hill said.
Also at this concert, local high school students who have been awarded the John Philip Sousa Award for their outstanding musicianship will be honored.
Lima Area Concert Band