On Saturday, May 11th, the Southampton Community Band closes out their concert season with a very special narrator, John Philip Sousa IV, the great-grandson of the famous composer and director.
The band continues the tradition of its May concert, paying tribute to all military personnel, past and present, by admitting them to this program without charge. The concert takes place at Klinger Middle School in Southampton and begins at 8:00pm.
“Willow Grove Park was a favorite venue for the famous Sousa band” said Marvin Feld, the band’s director. “When the band contacted Mr. Sousa about narrating this program, he enthusiastically agreed and promised to offer special stories about the band’s participation there. We agreed that the first portion of the program would recreate a Sousa program at the park. He was genuinely excited that the remainder of the concert honors our military since his great grandfather was a noted patriot. “
Along with some famous Sousa marches, the program will include a medley of selections from “South Pacific,” a moving rendition of “Let There Be Peace On Earth,” and conclude with our country’s national march, “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
John Philip Sousa IV will share with the audience what his great-grandfather meant to American musical heritage as well as humorous anecdotes that only he can tell.
“I will share how Stars and Stripes came to be,” says Sousa IV.
Tickets can be purchased at the door.
Adult tickets are $15 and student/seniors are admitted for $10. For additional information call 215-355-3927.