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Classical View: And the bands play on for the Fourth of July: Antebellum Marine Band at George Taylor House, Catasauqua

“The George Taylor House 4th of July celebration is a great way to celebrate Independence Day,” says Candace Maxwell, Treasurer and Special Events Coordinator, George Taylor House Association.

The Antebellum Marine Band of Gettysburg performs a concert, 10:30 a.m. July 4, during the “4th of July Celebration,” 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 4, The George Taylor House, Catasauqua.

George Taylor (circa 1716-1781) was a Founding Father of the United States and one of the 56 signers of the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Pennsylvania. His former home, the George Taylor House, Catasauqua, was named a National Historic Landmark in 1971.

The Gettysburg-based Antebellum Marine Band July 4 concert there features colonial and patriotic selections arranged by Bandmaster and Bethlehem native Gunnery Sergeant Kenneth J. Serfass USMC (retired).

John Philip Sousa’s “Liberty Bell March” (1893) opens the program followed by a medley of colonial selections.

In Edwin Eugene Bagley’s “National Emblem” (1902), listeners will recognize melodic material from “The Star Spangled Banner” during the first strains as well as the trio.

The next song is the quintessential colonial piece, “Yankee Doodle.”

Concert highlights include Sousa’s “The Invincible Eagle March” (1901), George M. Cohan’s “Over There!” (1917), Julia Ward Howe’s “Battle Hymn of the Republic” (1861) and the 18th century work “The Girl I Left Behind Me.”

Contemporary works follow, including “Guadalcanal March” from “Victory at Sea,” a 1952 television series based on naval battles during World War II, and Lee Greenwood’s popular “God Bless the U.S.A.”

The band closes the concert paying tribute to each branch of the armed services with Bandmaster Serfass’s composition, “Our Honored Services.”

Additional selections are interspersed throughout the performance.

Catasauqua Mayor Barbara Schlegel will provide opening remarks followed by a performance of the Catasauqua Community Choir.

The Catasauqua Bell Choir will also perform.

The Bachman Players, a group of area historians and actors, will perform, concluding with a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

The Catasauqua American Legion Post will present the colors with closing music by the Antebellum Marine Band and a proclamation by Mayor Schlegel to conclude the celebration.

Says Events Coordinator Maxwell, “This is our largest event of the year and the George Taylor House Association looks forward to sharing the property and history with the public.”

Ticket information: The George Taylor House, 35 S. Front St., Catasauqua; 610-264-0571

“Classical View” is a column about classical music concerts, conductors and performers. To request coverage, email: Paul Willistein, Focus editor, pwillistein@tnonline.com

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO The Antebellum Marine Band of Gettysburg.