June 14th is Flag Day in the United States. On June 14th, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted a design for the flag of the newly formed United States of America. There are numerous online sources for the history of the American flag and Flag Day including Wikipedia and, ironically, the Encyclopedia Britannica. We would encourage you to visit them at your leisure. Be prepared for some surprises, though!
It’s no surprise that songs celebrating the flag are part of the Bloomfield Civic Band’s repertoire. During our series of Summer Concerts on the Green you are guaranteed to hear “The Star-Spangled Banner” and John Phillip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever.” This summer you are also likely to hear Edwin Eugene Bagley’s “National Emblem March.”
Our repertoire also includes Leroy Anderson’s arrangement of Meredith Wilson’s “Seventy-Six Trombones”, which quotes from both “Stars and Stripes Forever” and the “National Emblem March.” We’re not certain that “Seventy-Six Trombones” will make it onto any of our concert programs yet, but if it does it will be worth the price of admission!
We encourage you to display your flag proudly on Flag Day, June 14th. Then we encourage you to join us as we proudly present our annual series of Concerts on the Green beginning on Monday, June 25. See you there!