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Wheaton Municipal Band to play July 27 at Edman Chapel

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  • Jay Niepoetter of the "President's Own" United States Marine Band is the featured soloist with the Wheaton Municipal Band at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, in Edman Chapel on the Campus of Wheaton College.

      Jay Niepoetter of the "President's Own" United States Marine Band is the featured soloist with the Wheaton Municipal Band at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, in Edman Chapel on the Campus of Wheaton College.
    Photo provided by Jay Niepoetter

 
Gail Sonkin

As the 2013 summer season of the Wheaton Municipal Band wraps up, the renowned band goes to Edman Chapel at Wheaton College for its annual indoor concert, on Saturday, July 27 at 8:00 p.m. This free concert features the wonderful music of Morton Gould and welcomes his daughter Abby G. Burton in "An American Salute."

Morton Gould (1913-1996), the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer said, "Composing is my life blood." He wrote his first composition at the age of six. A student at the Institute of Musical Art (now Julliard), he found his first work during the depression in New York's vaudeville and movie theaters. When Radio City opened he sat in as the staff pianist. He started the idea of "cross over music" combining classical/serious and popular programming and was always open to new musical form. He served as a conductor to major orchestras in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Japan and Australia. A prolific writer for many different genres, his works include symphonies, Broadway show tunes, concert band works, solo works, television and movies background and theme songs. He received numerous awards including Grammies, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Kennedy Center Honors.

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The Wheaton Municipal Band will play a number of his well-known works including the Jericho Rhapsody for Band, Dixie and American Salute (A variation on When Johnny Comes Marching Home). Gould's music has a distinctive heroic quality and brilliant scoring. Morton Gould's daughter Abby G. Burton will be on hand to share stories of her famous father and what it was like growing up in her creative family.

Of course, there will be other band favorites besides Morton Gould works.

In addition, the concert will also feature Master Sergeant Jay Niepoetter, bass clarinetist with the United States Marine Band since June 1988. Niepoetter played in the Wheaton Municipal Band prior to his appointment with the prestigious "President's Own" band. The Marine Band is the oldest continuously active professional musical organization in the United States. Founded in 1798, the band has performed for every United States President since John Adams. In addition, Niepoetter performs with the Marine Band, Marine Chamber Orchestra, and Marine Chamber Ensembles at the White House. He also coordinates educational outreach clinics on tour.

Don't miss this outstanding FREE concert of the Wheaton Municipal Band's "An American Salute" to Morton Gould on Saturday, July 27 at Edman Chapel at the corner of Washington and Franklin on the Wheaton College Campus, 8:00 p.m.

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