Bloomfield Civic Band Tribute to America Concert

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The fall of 2018 is the one hundredth anniversary of the end of World War I. To mark this anniversary the Bloomfield Civic Band has added two pieces to its repertoire.

  • “Echoes From the Battlefield” is a medley of four tunes from World War I, arranged by Darren W. Jenkins.
    • “Over There” was written by George M. Cohan in 1917, the year that the United States entered World War I.
    • “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary” was written in 1912 by Jack Judge and Harry Williams. It was sung by British army units as early as August, 1914, just days after Great Britain entered the war.
    • “Keep the Home Fires Burning” was written by Ivor Novello and Lena Guilbert Ford and published in October 1914. In the early months of the war the combatants expected the war to end quickly; songs of longing for home, such as this and “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary,” quickly became popular.
    • “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile” was written in 1915 by two brothers, George Henry Powell (using the pen name George Asaf) and Felix Powell. As the war dragged into a second year songs such as “Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag” helped maintain morale among those serving on the front lines and those who kept the home fires burning.
  • The Civic Band performed “The Vanished Army” during its June 25 concert. F. J. Ricketts wrote this march in 1919 to honor the British soldiers who served in the war. He published it using his pen name, Kenneth J. Alford. Kenneth J. Alford also wrote the “Colonel Bogey March.”

Come hear the Civic Band pay tribute to this great country of ours with “Echoes From the Battlefield” and other songs of the season. Our second concert starts at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, July 2, On the Green across from the Bloomfield Public Library in downtown Bloomfield.

Photo of Frederick J. Ricketts

Kenneth J. Alford is the pen name of F. J. Ricketts. Photo by Anonymous (Royal Marines Band, Plymouth Division) [Attribution], via Wikimedia Commons


Rehearsals are held at the Bloomfield Middle School on Huck Road from mid-September through mid-June (location may vary). Rehearsals start promptly at 7:30 PM and end at 9:30 PM