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Riviera Theatre Hosts: American Legion Band of Tonawandas
Riviera Theatre Hosts: American Legion Band of Tonawandas

A Statement Released by American Legion Band of Tonawandas

American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, Post 264 to Appear at the RIVIERA THEATRE

Riviera Benefit Concert for American Legion Post 264

Proceeds To Help Provide Critical Restorations and Updates Necessary To Keep The Post Open

Event: American Legion Band of the Tonawandas, Post 264 presents a Benefit Concert for American Legion Post 264

Date: Sunday, July 8, 2012

Time: 7:30 PM (Preconcert Organ Performance at 7:00 PM)

Location: Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., N. Tonawanda, New York - 692-2413

Ticket Information: $12.00, $10.00 in advance. Tickets $12.00 at the door ($8.00 under 12).

Tickets are available in advance at:

Tonawanda Senior Citizen Center (33 Main St. - Tonawanda), Mid-City Opticians (Payne Ave. - across from the Mid City Plaza), Walker Bros. & Monroe Jewelers (84 Webster St. - N. Tonawanda, American Legion Post #264 (Main & Broad Streets), the Riviera Theatre 692-2413 box office

Hear the 85 member American Legion National Championship Band, conducted by Michael Shaw perform a symphonic Pops program in the spectacular style and tradition of John Philip Sousa.  On the program are famous marches,  Liberty Fanfare by John Williams,  Sinatra! arr. Stephen Bulla,  Washington Grays by Claudio S. Grafulla,  Let Freedom Ring arr. Kenny Bierschenk,  Carmen Fantasie  arr. Herman Bellstedt,  But Not For Me by George & Ira Gershwin,  Jazz Suite No. 2 by Dmitri Shostkovich, El Capitan  by John Philip Sousa , Overture “1812” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky familiar showtunes and rousing military band spectaculars!

Conductor: Music Director Michael Shaw instrumental music instructor at Frontier High School.


-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------                          RIVIERA CONCERT

                 Sunday, July 8th 2012   7:30 PM


Liberty Fanfare--------------------------------------------------------------- John Williams

Armenian Dances (Part 1) ----------------------------------------------------- Alfred Reed

Sinatra!------------------------------------------------------------------- arr. Stephen Bulla

Washington Grays------------------------------------------------------ Claudio S. Grafulla

Carmen Fantasie------------------------------------------------------ arr. Herman Bellstedt

   Trumpet soloist:  Karl Kroetsch

Roller Coaster (Trumpet Trio)----------------------------------------------- Johnny Cowell

But Not For Me---------------------------------------------------- George & Ira Gershwin                                                      vocalist:  Sara McMillan                                                                      arr. Warren Barker

Stars and Bars March---------------------------------------------------------- Robert Jager

Jazz Suite No. 2-------------------------------------------------------- Dmitri Shostkovich

  Mvt's: 3) Dance 1,  5) Waltz no. 2,   6) Finale                                        arr. Johan de Meij

   Accordion soloist:  Albert Schlisserman

El Capitan---------------------------------------------------------------- John Philip Sousa

God Bless America------------------------------------------------------------ Irving Berlin

    vocalist:  Sara McMillan                                                                            arr. John Moss

Salute to the Armed Services------------------------------------------------------- R. Cray

Let Freedom Ring--------------------------------------------------- arr. Kenny Bierschenk

Overture “1812”-------------------------------------------------- Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

American Legion Band Biography

The award-winning American Legion Band of the Tonawandas' Post 264 was formed in 1929 by World War 1 veterans and Post 264 members. Today the Band is an independent 501 (c) (3) Not-For-Profit Corporation. The Band (currently 90 members at full strength) is currently directed by Mr. Michael Shaw, director of music at Frontier High School. Formal concerts are performed between the months of September and June in area schools and theaters. The Band has a long history of performances on the stages of Artpark, the Riviera and Palace Theatres. During the remaining months of the year, the Band performs a number of concerts and parades throughout Western New York.

The Band has prepared special programs for conventions of the American Legion, music educators and band directors. They have been the American Legion Senior Band State Champion almost continuously since 1947, American Legion Senior Band National Champions in 1972, 1973, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 and Canadian National Exhibition International Band Champions on six occasions. At the CNE, the President's Trophy was awarded permanently to the Band after winning it for three consecutive years, a feat never before accomplished in the history of the CNE band contest. The Band has been video taped by P.B.S. for a nationally televised special to portray the band of John Philip Sousa. The Band received a Gold Medal award for their outstanding performance at the prestigious 1992 Pacific Basin International Music Festival in Sydney, Australia. Most recently, the Band performed in the Showcase Concert of the 2004 New York Wind Band Festival held in Carnegie Hall.

The dynamic performances of the Band at the 1978 New York State School Music Association Convention, the 1984 New York State Band Directors Association at the Eastman School of Music, the 1990 National Association Of Concert Bands and the 2004 New York Wind Band Festival earned the Band the respect of their peers as each performance climaxed in energetic standing ovations.

The Band has and always will stand ready to aid in any worthwhile community function and to uphold the great tradition of the American Legion.



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