Sea Notes & Band Team Up

Sea Notes & Band Team Up
It’s a first with Brunswick Band and Local Choral Society
BY Lisa Stites
This year’s 4th of July Festival includes a combined concert of the Sea Notes Choral Society and the Brunswick Concert Band. It’s the first time in seven years or so that the two groups have performed together, and they have a show full of patriotic and truly American songs to help celebrate the nation’s birthday.

There are two chances to catch the concert — Saturday and Sunday June 24th and 25th at Odell Williamson, on the campus of Brunswick Community College. Both shows are at 3 p.m., offering a cool respite from the heat of the Festival’s many outdoor events. The shows are open to the public and are free of charge. Both groups are non-profits and rely on donations though, so donations will happily be accepted at the concerts.
For this summer spectacular, Tom Smicklas will conduct the band position of this concert. He said this performance would appeal to audiences of all ages.
“There was a common feeling among many Sea Notes and leaders of the Brunswick Concert Band that a joint concert would be a wonderful way of expressing well-crafted patriotic music for area residents,” Smicklas said.
Sea Notes Publicity Chair Kim Wilding agreed, saying there was a “real desire to get together again and provide some good inspirational music for the community.”
The groups will each perform their own selection of music, and then combine for several numbers as well.
“We’ll showcase the band, we showcase the chorus, and then we’ll showcase both groups,” Wilding said.
There is only so much room on the stage, and both groups will perform with smaller number, just 80 singers and 30 musicians. The groups actually share a few members too. The Sea Notes have been performing at the Festival since the mid-1970s, and the two groups have performed the traditional patriotic concert together numerous times.
“The Brunswick Concert Band was limited in size to fit on the state with the Sea Notes and, most importantly, to balance and blend with the Sea Note band/choir selections,” Smicklas said. And, 30 members was the average size of a 4th of July concert band back in the day. So it also has an historical precedent.”
The Sea Notes’ program includes familiar standards such as “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and “America the Beautiful,” along with selections such as “I Hear America Singing,” Sunrise Over America,” “Seize the Day” and “Strong.” The Band will play “vintage patriotic and seasonal classics,” Smicklas said, including many “from the repertoire of John Phillip Sousa.”
While both ensembles will practice their music well before concert time, they’ll only join together the week before the concert.
“The Sea Notes and the Brunswick Concert Band have spent time, money and artistic resources to present a memorable concert for the community,” Smicklas said. “I believe the concert will be a milestone – a wonderful collaboration between two excellent music ensembles of Brunswick County.”
Seating is open as there are no advanced tickets required. Anyone in need of special assistance with seating, is asked to call the Auditorium at least a week ahead of time at 910-755-6416.
The Sea Notes concert moved to the Auditorium in the recent past, and as for the Band members, Smicklas said they will be glad to be playing in the air conditioning this year.
“It’s a celebration of our nation. I think just having the enthusiasm of the band and singers together in celebration of this country is going to be exhilarating,” Wilding said.

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