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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Fred P. Hall Amphitheater,
Palatine IL
8:00pm

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Cutting Hall,
Palatine IL
3:30pm

Friday, November 30, 2018

Cutting Hall,
Palatine IL
7:00pm

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Altergott Auditorium at Palatine High School,
Palatine IL
3:30pm

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Cutting Hall,
Palatine IL
3:30pm

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America the Beautiful

Samuel Augustus Ward/arr. Carmen Dragon

 

America the Beautiful is one of the most beloved and popular of American patriotic songs. From time to time it has been proposed as a replacement for the National Anthem.

Its lyrics were originally published as a poem in 1875 by English professor Katharine Lee Bates who was inspired by the sights of her country during a summer trip to Pikes Peak.

The melody was composed in 1882 by organist Samuel Ward as a tune for the old hymn “Oh Mother Dear Jerusalem”; he received his inspira- tion during a summertime ferry ride from Coney Island.

This arrangement for concert band was made by Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra conductor Carmen Dragon (1914-1984). 

Last updated on July 18, 2013 by Palatine Concert Band