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Cutting Hall,
Palatine IL
3:30pm

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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

Monday, July 3, 2017

Wallace Bowl at Gillson Park,
Wilmette IL
7:30pm

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Lagoon at Dawes Park,
Evanston IL
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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Main Beach Bandshell,
Crystal Lake IL
12:30pm

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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

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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