LIMA — The Lima Area Concert Band will hold its yearly Salute to Sousa, displaying some of the most signature and well-known concert band pieces.
Band president and trumpet player Chad Higgins said many bands, along with the Lima Area Concert Band, format themselves around the work of composer and conductor John Philip Sousa and his band.
“We always take the opportunity for one concert to be specifically geared toward how he did things …we try to do it the way John Sousa did concerts back in the day, meaning marches typically,” Higgins said. “It’s one of the highest-attended concerts because a lot of people, when they hear the music, they associate it with when they were younger or back in the day.”
Because of this, Sousa’s work has become easily identified. Some of his more popular works the band will perform include “The Thunderer” and “The Gladiator” marches.
Higgins said the band will also play some of Sousa’s more “unique” and lesser-known pieces as well, including “New Mexico March” and “Willow Blossoms.”
“They may not know the name of them, but it’s amazing how many of his songs are just all throughout music,” Higgins explained. “A lot of people will recognize them from being on certain commercials. Anybody at the concerts that have been in a band, they recognize those marches as ones they’ve played in the past.”
Joining the band will also be percussionist Bridget Olenik on the xylophone and countertenor Josh Boggs. Each will perform two numbers with the band.
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