Repasz Band to play in Brandon Park this Sunday

PHOTO PROVIDED The long-standing Repasz Band will take the Community Arts Center stage at 7:30 p.m. May 24 for its annual spring concert.

As its 200th anniversary approaches in 2031, Williamsport’s world-famous Repasz Band continues a robust round of summer concerts with its annual June show at the Brandon Park bandshell, slated for 7 p.m. this Sunday.

Under the baton of conductor Jeff Dent, along with assistant conductors Jessica Lewis and Theo Lentz, the ensemble offers a selection of crowd-pleasing favorites, including the marches “Salute to Williamsport” and John Philip Sousa’s “Gallant Seventh,” which was composed exactly 100 years ago.

The program also includes a number of pieces associated with TV and cinema — notably “Funeral March of the Marionettes,” which served as the theme song for Alfred Hitchcock’s long-running television series.

Likewise included is a medley of tunes by film composer Jerry Goldsmith, whose 60-year career included plenty of TV work and literally hundreds of movie scores. This particular tribute features music from “First Knight,” “Air Force One,” “Rudy” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”; the last of these became the well-known theme for Trek’s popular “Next Generation” series.

Also on the schedule for Sunday evening: a medley of songs from the “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” program and “What’s Up at the Symphony,” a rollicking collection of symphonic pieces used in the popular Warner Brothers cartoons — titles such as “This Is it,” “William Tell,” “The Barber of Seville” and “Ride of the Valkyries.”

Opening as always with the “Star-Spangled Banner,” the concert will be rounded out by the rip-roaring “Curtain Call” and the Spanish-flavored “El Caballero,” concluding with the ensemble’s signature “Repasz Band March.”

Having played at the Ways Garden Arts Festival, the local Flag Day celebration and the Sons of the Civil War Convention at the Genetti, Repasz also has performances slated for June 28 at Embassy of Loyalsock, on July 4 in Eagles Mere and during the Little League Parade in August.

All shows are free and open to the public.


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