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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000850.txt from 1999/06

From: David Blumberg <>
Subj: [kl] Navy Band Literature
Date: Tue, 29 Jun 1999 08:43:11 -0400

I went to a US. Navy Band concert (from D.C.) Saturday night, and was
pleasantly surprised. They actually played good literature!! No Broadway
hits with the Sea Chanters screaming out lyrics, no pop cheese - only
standard band classics. Started out with Shost. Festive Ov., Bennett Suite
Old American Dances, Jager Variations, a Piccolo uptempo solo w/band,
Schwanter the bagpiper, and just to wake up the crowd, a medley of TV
themes from the 50's-60's. About time they played good stuff - the last
time I heard them play quality literature like this was at ClarFest
(Cincinatti). The audience seemed to be very responsive. I had about 8
students there, so was glad that they got exposed to that literature - I've
never been in the audience for several of those works - only been a
performing member (its fun to watch someone else do the work sometimes).

David Blumberg
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