Music that’s meant for kids

  • Children with balloons march around the bandstand at Butterfield Park in Orange during Children’s Night last year.  July 12 will be this year’s Children’s Night concert at the bandstand starting at 7:30 p.m. Contributed photo

  • Phoenix and Kaston Matsumoto enjoy the music and a balloon at the Orange Community Band’s Children’s Night Concert last year. Contributed photo

Staff Writer
Published: 7/11/2019 8:30:23 AM

Friday will be a day for kids at the Butterfield Park bandstand. The Orange Community Band, through the sponsorship of the Lyman and Kilhart families, will present a free concert Friday night featuring music for children of all ages.

There will be balloons for children. According to a press statement about the event, Stephanie Parker will bring down a baton at 7:30 p.m. to begin the second half of the concert season. The band is comprised of area musicians from high school age to octogenarians.  Many members have played with the band for 50 years or more. There has been a band performing in Orange since the early 1850s.

Following the National Anthem, the band will perform marches, overtures, show tunes, movie themes and television themes, as well as a number of popular selections from the past 60 years.

“The Bare Necessities,” a new musical selection for the band, is from Disney's 1967 movie, “The Jungle Book.” The band arrangement is by Paul Murtha. “Captain America March,” another new selection, by Silvestri, arranged by Michael Brown, is from the 2011 movie of the same name.

Selections from “The Greatest Showman,” arranged by Paul Murtha; is a new selection from the recent movie, and “Hallelujah,”  from “Shrek, “by Leonard Cohen, arranged by Michael Brown, is a reworking of a popular tune. 

Some of the other selections will include “Star Wars, The Force Awakens,” by John Williams, arranged by Brown; “Disney at the Movies,” arranged by John Higgins; “Bugler’s Holiday,” a cornet trio by Leroy Anderson; “Swing the Mood”  arranged by Michael Sweeney; and the always popular “Someone to Watch Over Me” by Gershwin, arranged by Barker. Music from “Moana” is another Disney favorite from recent years.

The kids will march around the bandstand to the “Mickey Mouse March,”  arranged by Cofield, and “A Disney March Spectacular,” arranged by Ted Ricketts, near intermission.

Other familiar tunes from great movies are “The Lion King,” arranged by John Higgins; “The Wizard of Oz”; highlights from “Frozen,” arranged by Sean O'Loughlin. Another favorite tune is “What a Wonderful World,” arranged by Richard Saudedo.

The Salvation Army is managing the concession stand this summer, with proceeds going to send local kids to summer camp. Hot dogs with toppings like chili and sauerkraut, popcorn, Dean’s Beans coffee and assorted beverages will be available.

Other concerts this season are sponsored by Ames Trophy; a Patriotic themed concert on July 5 was sponsored by Orange Post 172 American Legion. Another on July 19 will be in memory of Nursie and Freeland Perkins. The final concert on July 26 will be sponsored by Witty's Funeral Home.

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