Combine forces to celebrate July 4th! Tuesday, May 25, 2010
The Fourth of July is a terrific opportunity for choirs to join forces with local community bands or other instrumental ensembles and help your community celebrate our nation's independence!Â Here are just a few great possibilities:
America, the Beautiful is always a hit at patriotic celebrations, and there are numerous arrangements available for combined choir and band. Mark Hayes' arrangement includes an optional narration, perfect for your town's mayor or other public official. The setting by Jim Swearingen is beautiful and tastefully orchestrated, with a rousing and powerful ending. And of course Carmen Dragon's arrangement is a classic for combined groups.
If you want to involve your audience in your performance, try Roy Ringwald's setting of The Battle Hymn of the Republic; your listeners can join in on the final â€œGlory, glory, Hallelujah!â€Â Down by the Riverside arranged by John Rutter is another great one for audience participation on the last verse - â€œâ€¦and I ain't gonna study war no more!â€Â
For younger groups, or groups with limited summer rehearsal time, try one of these patriotic medleys: Our America contains â€œGod Bless the U.S.A.,â€ â€œThis Land Is Your Land,â€ â€œYankee Doodle,â€ â€œYankee Doodle Boy,â€ and â€œYou're a Grand Old Flag,â€ and My America features â€œAmerica (My Country â€˜Tis of Thee)â€ with an easily learned original partner melody.
Order now so you have plenty of time to prepare your choir and instrumentalists for this summer's patriotic festivities!