CUMBERLAND – The Potomac Concert Band will perform a Labor Day weekend concert at Constitution Park Amphitheater on September 5 at 7:30 p.m.
This is the third concert of the season for the ensemble. Brent Weber, chairman of the music department at Frostburg State University, will lead.
Selections will include Sousa’s “The Black Horse Troop,” a rousing march performed in 1924 as A troupe took to the stage. “You’ll Be Back” from the hit musical “Hamilton” will be performed in memory of longtime band member Jay Stevens. “Flight of Valor,” a commemorative selection written to commemorate Flight 93, will be directed by former director D. Lynn Zeller.
A remarkable work, “The Symphonic Gershwin” is an arrangement of “An American in Paris”, “Cuban Overture” and “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin.
The percussion and woodwind sections will be present in “Africa” by the 1980s rock group Toto. The audience is invited to sing along as the band opens the concert with the national anthem.
The concert will feature a special arrangement of the Irish folk song “Endearing Young Charms”, written and performed by the local euphoniumist and retired Master Sgt. Neal Corwell.
He began his military and musical career immediately after graduating from Frostburg State University in 1981. He joined the United States Army’s first group, Pershing’s Own, just two days after graduating. graduated and retired in 2016. He served as a section chief for both the tuba and euphonium sections of the Pershing’s Own Ceremonial Band and was a member of the army group Herald Trumpets.
Corwell received a doctorate in music from the University of Maryland in 1997 and was an assistant professor of music at Shepherd and Frostburg State universities. He is an award-winning composer, arranger and recording artist.
Debbie Meyer is editor-in-chief for the Cumberland Times-News.