This summer I had a chance to visit Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland. Fort McHenry is a national historic site and is famous for being the birthplace of our national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner." Francis Scott Key wrote the song's lyrics as a poem during the Battle of Baltimore in 1814.
I had been to the fort many years ago and it's a great place to visit and only a few hours away. They have added a wonderful movie presentation that I highly recommend. It's free! I also recommend going into the fort itself and that costs $7.00. A park ranger is there to explain all kinds of facts about the fort and the writing of the banner. After the video is over a curtain opens and you look out onto the fort and the Star Spangled Banner waving over it! (See the picture I took!) A reproduction of Key's original writing is displayed. I thought it was interesting because you see his actual handwriting and there are very few corrections! He just wrote it right out apparently! Amazing!
If you are watching the Summer Olympic Games from London, England, then you have heard them playing the event winner's National Anthem, representing the country that has won a medal. I noticed that the United State's anthem sounded different than I was used to hearing it. That is because it is! All of the anthems being used are new recordings that were made from new arrangements written by British composer Philip Sheppard and performed by the London Symphony Orchestra. There are 205 anthems in all! The reason that these were made into new arrangements has to do with copyright. We will talk about copyright in general music and technology classes in the fall. Here is a link to a BBC news article with a great recorded interview with Sheppard. It's interesting to hear him speak about the process and also talk about the anthems of various countries. Be listening for them as you watch the games this summer! And be sure to visit my Star Spangled Banner page on this website.
The Pitman Hobo Band is again running its summer youth band camp. Pictured on the left is Rich, a friend of Mrs. Manion. Rich is a band teacher in Cherry Hill and plays trumpet. Mrs. M and Rich both play in the Brass Consort quintet for many years. He is enjoying band camp with his daughter. The Hobo Band Youth program is featured in a great article HERE. Several of our RW Kershaw students are participating in the summer music camp. Mrs. Egan got them started last year and the students have really enjoyed it and learned a lot! Plus they keep their "chops" up for the summer. If you are participating- please email Mrs. M and let me know which group you are in. Most students will perform in Group II which will present a Public Concert on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 7:00 PM in Historic Sunset Auditorium in Pitman! See you there!
What are you doing this summer? How about listening to some music?
There is an ongoing concert series sponsored by the Camden County Parks that is free! Your tax dollars at work! Check out:
The Sundown Music Series is held at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays at the McLaughlin-Norcoss Dell in Haddon Lake Park (Haddon Heights). Upcoming shows include: Pete Donnelly & The Philadelphia Combo on June 20; Mike Doughty (of Soul Coughing) with special guest Griz on July 11, The Dunwells with special guest Sahara Smith on July 25; Tommy Conwell with guest Georgie Bonds on August 8, Jonatha Brooke with guest Ryan Tennis on August 22.
The Twilight Concert Series is held at 8 p.m. on Thursdays at the Jack Curtis Stadium in Cooper River Park (Pennsauken). Shows there include: City Rhythm Orchestra’s Jump-Jive & Wail (big band swing) on June 28; The Rip Chords (surfer), July 12; The Ferko String Band on July 26; a Tribute to Motown featuring Serenity on August 9; and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters on August 23.
The Sunset Jazz Music Series, now in its 21st year, is held at Wiggins Park Riverstage in Camden on various nights throughout the summer. The schedule of shows there includes: Christian McBride & Inside Straight on June 25; The Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Septet on July 10; Buckwheat Zydeco on July 17; Monnette Sudler’s Ladies Night Out on July 31; “A Tribute to Soul Legends,” featuring UGO (Urban Guerilla Orchestra) on August 14; and Down To The Bone on August 27.
The On-Campus Summer Concert Series at Camden County College in Blackwood will feature the Woodland String Band at 8 p.m. on June 29 and The Leon Jordan Quintet on July 27.
The summer free concert series will wind down on Sunday, September 2 with the free Camden Waterfront Backyard BBQ featuring Galactic and other acts, along with health and wellness information, Latin food and kids activities.
(Reprinted from http://downthepike.courierpostonline.com/blog/2012/06/18/summer-concerts-sizzle/)
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