On Thursday, July 4, the Capital City Band’s weekly concert is “Let Freedom Ring” in honor of the community’s Fourth of July celebrations.
During the summer, the band performs weekly concerts at the Steamboat Park Amphitheater. This concert, timed appropriately near sundown for the ensuing fireworks, will start at 9 p.m.
“The Capital City Band will celebrate 243 years of American Independence with a concert filled with music that expresses the American Dream,” said band director Larry Johnson. “The program is filled with marches, vocal solos and patriotic songs. The concert will begin one hour later (than usual) at 9:00 to coordinate with the Fort Pierre fireworks display, so bring your lawn chair or blanket and celebrate our national birthday.”
Instrumental musical pieces start with “Strike Up the Band” by George Gershwin, “Victory at Sea” by Richard Rodgers, “Midway March” by John Williams, and “America from ‘West Side Story’ “ by Leonard Bernstein.
“God Bless America” by Irving Berlin will feature vocal soloist Priscilla Hofer.
The instrumental pieces continue with “The Cowboys” by John Williams, “Military Escort” by Harold Bennett, and “Prairiesong” by Carl Strommen.
“God Bless the U.S.A.” by Lee Greenwood will feature vocal soloist Michael Pangburn.
The concert will end in time for the 10 p.m. fireworks with “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa.