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Babahatchie concert to close out holiday weekend

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Babahatchie Community Band will close out the holiday weekend with a free concert at 7 p.m. July 6 at David Webb Riverfront Park, Harriman.

The national anthem will be followed by “The Liberty Bell March” by John Philip Sousa.

“This fun march was written for Sousa’s unfinished operetta, ‘The Devil’s Deputy,’” said Alison Westrich of Babahatchie Community Band. “It wasn’t originally named ‘The Liberty Bell,’ but his wife and band manager suggested the title, and it stuck.”

The march was played by the U.S. Marine Corps Band at the inaugurations of Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

“We have a special treat for the next piece,” Alison Westrich promised. “David Westrich will play a cornet solo with the band. David is the band director of Midway High School. He will be playing ‘Jupiter’ by Edwin Franko Goldman.”

Born in Louisville, Ky., Goldman is one of the most prominent band composers of the early 20th century. He composed more than 150 works and is best known for his marches.

“‘Jupiter’ is a fun little piece, and Dave does a great job with it,” Alison Westrich said.

Following the cornet solo will be a piccolo solo. Alison Westrich, who is David Westrich’s wife, will play “Pennywhistle Jig” by Henry Mancini from the film “The Molly Maguires.”

“This is a fast paced little piece that is fun to play,” Alison Westrich said.

“What’s Up at the Symphony,” arranged by Jerry Brubaker, is a compilation of Bugs Bunny’s greatest hits. It includes the “William Tell Overture,” “The Barber of Seville,” “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2” and other favorites.

Another Sousa march, “The Invincible Eagle,” and “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” arranged by Paul Jennings, will follow.

“Tennessee Salute,” arranged by Jay Dawson, will include “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” “Wabash Cannonball,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Tennessee Waltz” and “Rocky Top.”

Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever” will close the program. As a special treat, Babahatchie band director McCall Bohannon will join the flutes and piccolo in the famous trio at the end.