The Juneau Volunteer Marching Band

2022 Marching Band

The Juneau Volunteer Marching Band is open to all wind and percussion players, 7th grade and older. No marching experience necessary, but you must be able to walk and play your instrument. Parade marches will be Washington Post, Stars and Stripes Forever, and National Emblem.

The marching band usually gets together once a year to participate in the Juneau and Douglas 4th of July parades. In conjunction with the parades the band holds a sit-down concert in the park prior to the 4th to help get the community in the mood to celebrate.

Percussion practice - Wednesday June 22, 7:00pm at Faith Lutheran Church. Time to sort out instruments, refresh your memory on the cadences and signals with the drum major.

Full Band Marching Practice - Thursday June 23, 7:00pm Faith Lutheran Church. We will have music and flip folders. Bring your own lyre. Dress for the weather as we will be outside marching.

Our sit-down concert is Sunday July 3, 3:00pm at Marine Park. Bring a chair or blankets to sit on and a picnic lunch and enjoy some great band music to kick off the 4th of July activities.

Amy Bibb teaches band at JDHS. Amy will conduct

Star Spangled Banner and Alaska Flag Song

"Celtic Classics - Irish Folk Song Suite for wind orchestra" by Johan de Meij Armed Forces Salute - Bob Lowden

Trumpeter's Lullaby - Leroy Anderson

Bradley Saunders, trumpet solo

Stars and Stripes Forever - John Phillip Sousa

Program notes:

Celtic Classics:

This folk song suite is based on the wildly inventive, foot stomping, irrepressible genre that is Irish music. I tried to carry on the tradition of composers like Percy Aldridge Grainger, Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, who all have created superb original repertoire for wind orchestra based on folk music, such as Grainger’s Lincolnshire Posy, Shepherd's Hey and Molly on the Shore; Holst’s A Moorside Suite and Suites No. 1 and 2; and Vaughan Williams’ English Folk Song Suite.

For Celtic Classics, I have focused on the following songs and instrumental works:

Down by the Sally Gardens (Gort na Sailedn) – after a poem by William Butler Yeats

Give Me Your Hand (Tabhair Dom do Lamh)

She Moved Through the Fair

The Butterfly

Temple House & The Green Gates (Irish reel)

- Program Note by composer

Armed Forces Salute

One of Lowden’s most often played arrangements is his stirring tribute to the five principal branches of the United States Armed Forces, which is played for Veteran’s Day concerts and other patriotic events across the country. Lowden begins with snippets of “America the Beautiful,” “Dixie,” and “Yankee Doodle” to introduce the first of his armed forces songs, the U.S. Army’s “The Caisson Song” (words and music by Edmond L. Gruber, later revised by H. W. Arberg as “The Army Goes Rolling Along”).

A bit of “Columbia Gem of the Ocean” brings on the U.S. Coast Guard’s “Semper paratus” (Francis S. van Boskerck)—slow at first, then in march time—followed by the “The Marines’ Hymn: From the Halls of Montezuma” (words: anonymous, some attributed variously to Henry C. Davis, Charles Doyen, and L. Z. Phillips; music based on a melody from Jacques Offenbach’s comic opera Geneviève de Brabant). Lowden inserts a fragment of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” to lead into “The U.S. Air Force (The Wild Blue Yonder)” (words and music by Robert Crawford).

Fragments of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” bring on the U.S. Navy’s “Anchors Aweigh” (music by Charles A. Zimmerman; words by Alfred Hart Miles, additional verse by Royal Lovell, revision by George D. Lottman). At the end Lowden cleverly inserts a bit of the “Sailor’s

Hornpipe” before the closing phrase from “America the Beautiful” brings the Armed Forces Salute full circle. (program note by Jane Vial Jaffe - Stockton Symphony)

Trumpeter's Lullaby

Leroy Anderson had a strong relationship with the Boston Pops Orchestra. After one concert, Roger Voisin, principal trumpet, asked Anderson to write a trumpet solo different from the usual loud, martial, or triumphant works in existence. Anderson wrote about the request: “After thinking it over, it occurred to me that I had never heard a lullaby for trumpet, so I set out to write one with a quiet melody based on bugle notes played by the trumpet and with the rest of the orchestra playing a lullaby background.” This delightful composition for solo trumpet and ensemble lives up to the definition of a lullaby: a song to quiet children or lull them to sleep. The opening andante tranquillo section “rocks” the child to sleep. A short piu animato section recalls the child’s dreams of active play before the original tempo returns and the child is fast asleep. (Program notes from Foothill Symphonic Winds)

With many years of music performance and instruction, Bradley Saunders has performed and recorded with many award winning artists around the world, including The 4 Freshmen, The Soul Exciters, Kirby Shaw, The Esquire Jazz Orchestra, The Southern Oregon Jazz Orchestra, The Jefferson State Choral Coalition, Martin Behnke, The Jazzmen, Greg Jasperse, Randy Scherer, Steve Owens, John Jacobson, The Timberline Express Big Band, Roger Emerson, Mack Huff, Ron Hoopes, Jared Voss, Gordon Greenley, The Everett Symphony Orchestra, The Rogue Valley Symphony Orchestra, The Mariposa Symphony Orchestra and many many others around the world.

Bradley will conduct:

Fanfare Prelude - Kenny Regan

Autumn Shadows - Martin Behnke

Exoplanet 42 - Mark Eliot Jacobs

A Juneau Fanfare - Bradley Saunders

Program notes:

Fanfare Prelude

program notes by Bradley Saunders

Fanfare Prelude is a tune by my friend Kenny Regan. Kenny is a younger guy (younger than me - I'm still young too!) who I met at a summer camp that I was helping out at. He showed us some of his compositions and we were really impressed. He wrote full Big Band and Basie tunes from scratch! He's on another level! So we asked him to write us a concert band piece and low and behold, he channels the music vibe and gives us Fanfare Prelude. Perfect for our band!

Autumn Shadows:

Picture yourself on a crisp fall early morning out walking through the woods, the sun slowly rising, casting shadowy streams of light through the trees as you go. All is quiet as the light slowly draws its ever-changing patterns on the surrounding landscape, glimpses of the animals—each in their own way—responding to the changing environment. Using fragments of the well-known hymn of St. Francis of Assisi, this is a study in subtle musical textures that provides contrast to more standard band fare

Exoplanet 42:

With the piece I hope to share in the fascination of the art of music and the science of space exploration. Never before in human history have we had direct knowledge of planets orbiting a star other than our own sun. Using observation of star "wobbles" and other techniques scientists have identified distant worlds with names like Kepler-69c (pictured on the previous page in artist's conception). The fictitious Exoplanet 42 is explored in the listener's imagination guided by the music. The planets numeration is a homage to the late writer Douglas Adams.

A Juneau Fanfare

From the composer:

For my half of the performance, I made a point to write an original Juneau piece. When we first met, I played trumpet in the trumpet section of Lord of the Rings. I was blown away by the level of the band and so I went home and wrote the first part of what was soon to become A Juneau Fanfare. I got going right away on the fanfares and themes but then everything got cancelled and cancelled again. It was pretty sad for me since I devote my life to music whenever possible. That brought me to middle of the song. I tried to dump as much emotion into my chordal structure and themes to express the sorrow we felt when all our music was taken away. Notice how every section has their opportunities to play by themselves along with several solos. This represents those of us who kept playing by ourselves or in virtual settings together at least trying to keep up the chops. I added duets to reflect the hope that we had that we would someday play together again.

Devin Moorehead - 2022 Thunder Mountain High School graduate will conduct "Barnum and Bailey's Favorite" by KL King.

Program notes:

Barnum and Bailey's Favorite, the most famous of all circus marches, is consistently voted among the most popular and often performed works in the vast march canon.

This march has the power to conjure up the whole magnificent scene of the old tent circus -- all the aromas, all the sounds, all the sights, and, of course, the circus band. King wrote this march for the thirty-two-piece Barnum and Bailey Circus Band in 1913 at the request of the director. King was twenty-two at the time and was preparing to join the band as a euphonium player. The euphonium can be heard in a rousing countermelody.It should be noted that Barnum and Bailey and the Ringling Brothers were two independent organizations in 1913. Karl L. King became the music director of "The Barnum" from 1917-1918 prior to its merger in 1919 to become the greatest show in history, The Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus.

(Program notes from score via The Wind Repertory Project)

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Juneau Volunteer Marching Band in Haines (circa 1970)