CLARKS SUMMIT — The Excelsior Cornet Band, an authentic Civil War brass band from New York state, will present “Two Centuries of American Patriotic Music” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 School St.
The program will showcase popular American patriotic music, beginning with the Revolutionary era, continuing through the War of 1812 and the Civil War, to songs from World War I and World War II. Each song is introduced with a narrative that tells its unique story. Included in the program are such classics as “Yankee Doodle,” “The Star Spangled Banner,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Over There,” “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
This is the final event in the 2015-16 Arts at First Presbyterian concert series.
Founded in 2001, the Excelsior Cornet Band performs on original Civil War era band instruments, dating from as early as the 1820’s up to the 1870s. The musicians of the Excelsior Cornet Band are professional performers with many years of experience in a wide variety of musical genres. During its 14 years of performing, the Excelsior Cornet Band has presented over 130 concerts, educational programs, and living history portrayals for a wide variety of organizations and municipalities.
The band is led by Jeff Stockham, who often performs at the church with the Presbybop Quartet. Stockham participated in the filming of Stephen Spielberg’s epic movie “Lincoln,” playing tenor horn in the brass band “President Lincoln’s Own,” which portrayed the U.S. Marine Band of 1864.
An old-fashioned ice cream social will follow the concert.
This event is open to the public, free of charge, but a free-will offering will be taken to help defray costs.
The Arts at First Presbyterian concert series receives support from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Program (administered by the Pocono Arts Council), a Lackawanna County Arts and Cultural Grant and numerous individual donors. For more information about the concert, call the church office at 570-586-6306 or visit fpccs.org.
Information provided by the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit.