Eichner strikes up Racine Concert Band Sunday
The Racine Concert Band (RCB), under the baton of University of Wisconsin-Parkside Music Professor Mark Eichner, opens its 89th season of free concerts at the Racine Zoo Sunday, July 1, at 7:30 p.m. Eichner, who begins his eleventh season as the RCB's music director and conductor, leads a patriotic program featuring a trumpet trio performance.
Trumpeters David Kapralian, Nancy Quist, and Colin Galitz perform "Bugler's Holiday." Other star-spangled selections on the program include "In Praise of Freedom" by Warren Barker, "God of Our Fathers" by Thomas Knox, and Samuel Ward's "America the Beautiful." Light selections include "The Entertainer" by Scott Joplin and "Yankee Doodle Variations" by Newell Long. Three patriotic marches by John Philip Sousa complete the program.
The concert takes place at the Kiwanis Theater on the east side of the zoo grounds. There is no fixed seating at the band shell so bring lawn chairs or blankets.
The Racine Concert Band, the official band of the city of Racine, will be performing its 1,435th free concert for the Racine citizenry. The zoo opens for free admission to the concert at 6:30 p.m. A courtesy cart, for those needing assistance, is available for transport from the Walton St. gate to the amphitheater beginning at 6:30 and following the concert.The RCB also leads Racine's Fourthfest parade Wednesday, July 4.