Strike Up The Band: Fourth of July Special

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The Young Artists Showcase celebrates the grand tradition of American concert bands, which continue to flourish in parts of the country.

This week’s Fourth of July special Showcase features a range of performers from college and conservatory wind symphonies, to military bands and even a high school ensemble, with music by Morton Gould, Aaron Copland and the "March King" himself, John Philip Sousa, among others.

Program details:

John Philip Sousa: Thunderer March
-- Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble; Harlan Parker, conductor.

John Philip Sousa: University of Illinois March
Franck Tichell: Apollo Unleashed
-- University of Illinois Wind Symphony; James Keene, conductor.

Morton Gould: Saratoga Quickstep
-- U.S. Military Academy (West Point) Band; Lt. Col. David Dietrick, conductor.

Morton Gould: Rag and Ridout (from Derivations)
-- John Parette, clarinet.

Erik Ewazen: Concerto for Trombone
-- Lee Rogers, trombone; SMU Meadows Wind Ensemble; Jack Delaney, conductor.

Aaron Copland: A Lincoln Portrait (excerpts)
-- Great Neck North High School Wind Ensemble; Joseph Rutkowski, conductor.

Ron Nelson: Savannah River Holiday
-- Texas A & M University Wind Symphony; Timothy Rhea, conductor.

Kenneth Alford: The Eagle Squadron
-- Texas A & M University Wind Symphony; Timothy Rhea, conductor.