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Bemidji Area Community Band to perform popular Independence Day concert on Sunday, July 3

The concert will be held on the lawn south of Bangsberg Hall on the BSU campus. In case of inclement weather, it will be moved indoors at Bangsberg. There is no admission charge, but free-will donations will be accepted.

The Bemidji Area Community Band rehearses for their annual Father’s Day concert to be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 16. (Annalise Braught | Bemidji Pioneer)
The Bemidji Area Community Band will perform a traditional Independence Day concert at 7 p.m on Sunday, July 3, on the lawn south of BSU's Bangsberg Hall.
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BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Area Community Band will perform a traditional Independence Day concert at 7 p.m on Sunday, July 3, with audience favorites like “The Stars and Stripes Forever” and “America the Beautiful.”

The concert will be held on the lawn south of Bangsberg Hall on the Bemidji State University campus. In case of inclement weather, it will be moved indoors at Bangsberg. There is no admission charge, but free-will donations will be accepted. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. Cookies will be provided by concert sponsor Raphael’s Bakery Cafe.

“I like to stick with tradition, so we will be highlighting a lot of great American music,” said BACB conductor Ryan Webber. “Just an early Fourth of July celebration.”

Following the National Anthem, the band will open with “The Klaxton,” a popular march by Henry Fillmore. The audience also will hear the theme from the movie “Saving Private Ryan.”

“People who come to our concerts know I’m a fan of movies, so we’re going to play ‘Hymn to the Fallen’ by John Williams, which is one of my favorite patriotic tunes from the movies,” Webber said.

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The band will salute veterans, active military members and relatives of service members with the popular “Armed Forces Salute.”

Other selections include “Second American Folk Rhapsody” by Clare E. Grundman, “Titanic” by James Horner, “Rushmore” by Alfred Reed and “Ascend” by Samuel R. Hazo.

“For our regular audience members, I want to thank them for their support,” Webber said. “But I also want to encourage them to bring somebody new. Bring a friend, a neighbor who might not have heard about us. We’re always trying to spread what we do to our community. We’re proud of what we do, and we’d love to keep building our audience.”

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Dennis Doeden, former publisher of the Bemidji Pioneer, is a feature reporter. He is a graduate of Metropolitan State University with a degree in Communications Management.
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