The Texas Wind Symphony at Bass Performance Hall

On Sunday, Susan and I attended a program at the Bass Performance Hall in Ft. Worth entitled, Sousa Forever. It consisted of a fairly wide range of Sousa’s works performed by The Texas Wind Symphony. There were the required assortment of marches such as Star and Stripes Forever! and The Liberty Bell (probably better know as “the music from Monty Python’s Flying Circus”). More interesting were Sousa arrangements of popular hymns, ragtime, and songs of his day. A member of the symphony had even obtained two rare, original songs by Sousa from the Sousa Archives and made special arrangements of them so that they could be performed for the first time in nearly a century. The whole thing was quite a bit of fun. Ray C. Lichtenwalter, the conductor, wore a Sousa outfit complete with braid and military medals. The entire performance was designed to replicate an authentic Sousa performance, right down to a stage hand walking out on stage at the begining of each piece with a large, white placard bearing its name.