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Press Release

For Immediate Release

Celebrate America's Birthday with the Concord Band

CONCORD, MA June 27, 2003 — The Concord Band will present two concerts of traditional patriotic music and marches in celebration of the 4th of July holiday. The first concert is July 3, 2003 at 7:30 PM at Fruitlands Museums in Harvard, MA, where the Concord Band will perform every Thursday night through July 31st. The gates open at 5:00 PM. Bring a picnic or purchase grilled items and snacks on site. $12.00 Parking Fee, $10.00 for Museum Members.

The second concert is free, July 4, 2003 at 3:00 PM at Concord's Picnic in the Park celebration at Emerson Field.

Both concerts will include a musical salute to the Armed Forces and a performance of Clare Grundman's "Concord." Named after our own town of Concord, Massachusetts, the piece is based upon three traditional old New England tunes: "The White Cockade," a fife and drum marching tune widely known during the days of the American Revolution; William Billings' "America," an attempt to create a new kind of hymn for the New England Church; and "Yankee Doodle," the folk song most widely associated with the Revolutionary War. The band will performance its latest commissioned piece entitled "Boston Liberties," which was composed by the Emmy award-winning Julie Giroux. The concerts will also include the music of Louis Armstrong, Irving Berlin, and John Philip Sousa.

The Concord Band, founded in 1959, is one of the leading community concert bands in the United States. It is well known for its innovative programming and the exceptional quality of its commissioned pieces. It presents both formal and Pops concerts throughout the year. Its summer concerts at Fruitlands Museums in Harvard, Massachusetts, are attended by more than 10,000 people each year. The band's Music Director is Dr. William G. McManus.

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