For only the second time since 2019, an audience rose to hear the Great Bend Municipal Band perform “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Thursday at the band’s shell in Courthouse Square.
The band had no gigs in 2020 and one patriotic gig around July 4, 2021. Band manager Grant Mathews said he was happy to be back after missing two summers due to the pandemic. of COVID-19.
“It’s a great night for a concert,” he said.
The band then performed “American Patrol,” a favorite of marching repertoire for more than 100 years, Mathews said.
But there were also more recent compositions, including the theme from the Star Wars-inspired TV series, “The Mandolorian” and the popular chant, “Friends in Low Places.”
Along the way was a polka, an African-inspired piece called “Kenya Contrasts,” a hit 1950s pop song (“The Syncopated Clock”), and a locally commissioned piece written by the former manager. of Town Band Steven Lueth, “The Courthouse Square Walk.
Lueth shared his original lineup in 2017, when the opening of the Great Bend Municipal Band’s summer series marked the 90th anniversary of the recently renovated Clayton L. Moses Memorial Band Shell.
Thursday’s concert ended on a traditional note with “Sousa! Sousa! Sousa!” a three-step potpourri by John Philip Sousa.
The Order of the Eastern Star provided free water, as they always do.
Upcoming performances will begin at 8:15 p.m. Thursdays, June 9 through July 14, on the Thelma Faye Harms Stage of the Clayton L. Moses Memorial Band Shell.