Composer also in the band
When the Maple City?Band performs “Hoe-Down?Polka” at its Wild West themed July 28 concert, not only will the piece’s composer be in attendance ... he’ll be playing in the band.
Long-time Maple City Band clarinet player and former Atkinson High School band director Joe Glattly wrote “Hoe-Down?Polka” approximately 30 years ago.
“The song is like the title,” said Glattly. “It has a western-themed melody in a polka-type tempo.”
The song has been performed twice before, once by the Iowa City Municipal Band and the
second time by the Oskaloosa (Iowa) Municipal Band.
The July 28 concert will mark the first time the piece has been played by the Maple?City Band.
“I’m looking forward to hearing it played,” said Glattly.
“Hoe-Down Polka” will feature clarinet soloist Mardian Angelo.
“Joe brought the piece to me about a year ago and asked if I would consider playing it,” said Maple City ?Band director Alan Kiser. “I already had last summer’s programs set, but promised I would look at it. In the back of my mind, I was already thinking of doing a Wild West theme concert and knew it would be a good fit.”
Glattly has been a member of the Maple City Band since 1961. “It’s very enjoyable,” he said. “The pieces they play are very unique. They are things that have a lot of merit and can be a challenge.”
“It is great to see long-time members such as Joe sitting right next to high school students who may be in their first or second year playing with Maple City Band,” said Kiser. “We really have quite a diverse group. Everyone contributes and learns from the people around them.”
The July 28 concert also will feature an encore presentation of “Within These Hallowed Halls.”?The piece was first performed at the band’s July 4 concert and will again feature vocal soloist Fred Kiser.
Other pieces planned for the Wild West themed concert include John Williams’ “The Cowboys,” Pierre LaPlante’s three movement “A Cowboy Symphony,” music from the movie “The Magnificent Seven,” a medley of songs from the musical “Oklahoma” and a pair of gallop-style marches. The band will conclude the concert, and its 2009 season, with its traditional playing of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars &? Stripes Forever.”
The concert will start at 8 p.m. in the Geneseo City Park. An ice cream social, served by the Geneseo International Thanksgiving Fellowship, will start at 6 p.m.