The Music

The Nelson Town Band has a varied repertoire. While we take pride and pleasure in playing marches by John Philip Sousa and other composers, a typical concert also includes show tunes, old popular songs, and even a rendition of a New England contra dance tune written by Ralph Page.

God Bless America by Irving Berlin

The Thunderer by John Phillip Sousa

St. Louis Blues

Military Escort by Harold Bennett

Washington Post by John Philips Sousa

The Imperial March by John Williams

Eye of the Falcon by Ed Huckeby

Belle of Chicago by John Phillips Sousa

National Emblem by E.E. Bagley

Rollstone Mountain by Ralph Page

Manhattan Beach March by John Phillips Sousa

Stars and Stripes Forever by John Phillips Sousa

March #99 by Prokofiev

Americans We by Henry Fillmore

Prestissimo by Karl King

Procession of the Nobles by Rimsky-Korsakov

Slavic Farewell by Vasilij Ivanovic Agakpin

Salute to the Sultan by Karl King

Precious Lord, Take My Hand by Thomas A. Dorsey arr. by Robert W. Smith

El Capitan by John Phillips Sousa

Give My Regards to Broadway by George M. Cohan

High School Cadets by John Phillips Sousa

King Cotton by John Phillips Sousa

Liberty Bell March by John Phillips Sousa

Gospel John by Jeff Steinberg

Cool Band tunes from our 2018 repertoire!

Old Ironsides

Composed by John Phillips Sousa, it is considered a lost march. The score was found in the Library of Congress and arranged for a full band.
Here is a listening link to Old Ironsides

The Viking by Karl King

The Viking was written in 1910 and published in 1911 while Karl King was playing Euphonium in the Yankee Robinson Circus band. The trio(the middle section where the key changes) was excerpted by Russell Harker, director fo the marching band at Indiana University(Bloomington) to use as a school fight. He composed the following lyrics for this now famous Big Ten school fight song.

"Indiana, our Indiana, Indiana, we're all for you!
We will fight for the cream and crimson, for the glory of old I U
Never daunted, we cannot falter, in the battle, we're tried and true"

Let Evening Come

Composed by Robert Sheldon, Let Evening Come is inspired by the poem of the same name by the late Jane Kenyon, a New Hampshire poet laureate.

Let Evening Come

Let the light of late afternoon
shine through chinks in the barn, moving   
up the bales as the sun moves down.

Let the cricket take up chafing   
as a woman takes up her needles   
and her yarn. Let evening come.

Let dew collect on the hoe abandoned   
in long grass. Let the stars appear
and the moon disclose her silver horn.

Let the fox go back to its sandy den.   
Let the wind die down. Let the shed   
go black inside. Let evening come.

To the bottle in the ditch, to the scoop   
in the oats, to air in the lung   
let evening come.

Let it come, as it will, and don’t   
be afraid. God does not leave us   
comfortless, so let evening come.

Salute To The Sultan.mp3
Donna Morse,
Oct 18, 2014, 7:57 PM