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Archive for Tuesday, May 30, 1995

STRIKE UP SOUSA

May 30, 1995

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Forget Garth Brooks, Brooks & Dunn and Mary-Chapin Carpenter.

Lawrence has John Philip Sousa.

Sousa's "Washington Post March," which made the two-step popular near the turn-of-the-century, will be on the dance card Wednesday for the Lawrence City Band's opening concert of the summer.

"It's a march that you may even recognize," said Tom Stidham, assistant director of bands at Kansas University and a city band member for 20 years. "It became almost a hit pop tune, and everybody was doing the two-step. It was a popular dance of the time."

The concert, which is free and open to the public, begins at 8 p.m. at the William Kelly gazebo in South Park, 11th and Massachusetts streets. The gazebo is named for the longtime band leader and now conductor emeritus.

The band's 60 members will lead guests on a one-hour tour of traditional music, the first of eight outdoor concerts scheduled for successive Wednesday nights in the park.

Picnic dinners, lawn chairs, blankets, pets and children -- all these and many more items make their way to the park, weather permitting.

"It's geared to be good, traditional Americana," Stidham said.

This week's program includes "March and Procession of Bacchus," by Leo Delibes; "Light Cavalry Overture," by Franz von Suppe; "Washington Post March," by Sousa; "Beguine for Band," by Glen Osser; "On the Mall March," by Edwin Franco Goldman; and "Burst of Flame," by Richard Bowles.

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