Park Rapids Area Community Band Spring Concert

April 30, 2023

The Park Rapids Area Community Band is preparing for a Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30 at the Park Rapids High School Auditorium. The concert will highlight various genres of music. “Integrity Fanfare and March” by Julie Giroux is slated to be the opening piece. The native of Massachusetts has become one of the most influential American composers for wind ensembles and symphonic bands. “Integrity Fanfare and March” was originally composed for The United States Air Force Band of Washington, D.C. “Puszta,” by Belgian composer Jan Van der Roost, is a collection of four Romani dances. It displays sounds of darkness and light with an eastern European flare.

Other pieces on the program will include “Chorale Prelude on God of Our Fathers” by Claude T. Smith, “The Girl I Left Behind Me” by Leroy Anderson, and “On the Mall” by Edwin Franko Goldman. “On the Mall” will enlist the audience’s singing and whistling skills as it was perhaps Goldman’s most requested march. This concert will be no exception in that it will conclude with Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” the national march of the United States.