The Juneau Volunteer Marching Band

2021 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, Them Basses 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.

In this unusual year, we decided to hold a second concert to help celebrate being able to play together again. So if you enjoyed the band in their July 3 concert, or if you missed it, you have an opportunity to hear them again. This time in a concert of "Conductors' Favorites". Amy Bibb and Bradley Saunders will share several of their favorite pieces of music with you.

Unfortunately, due to the revised CBJ covid level, we have decided to cancel our appearance at the Fresh Air Market. We hope to be able to share these fun works with you at a future date.

Amy Bibb teaches band at JDHS. Her favorites are "Celtic Classics - Irish Folk Song Suite for wind orchestra" by Johan de Meij and "Fate of the Gods" by Steven Reineke.

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

"Fate of the Gods" is inspired by the story in Norse mythology of Ragnarök. The piece depicts a great struggle between good and evil, resulting in the destruction of all things and the emergence of a new, idyllic world in the aftermath.

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's favorites are

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.

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Juneau Volunteer Marching Band in Haines (circa 1970)