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Baseball in concert

In case you forgot, I play bassoon in the San Jose State symphonic band. We got our new concert set this week, and it's all baseball music!

We are doing Casey at the Bat with a narrator. I thought it was the old old old vaudeville version--I have a recording of Jackie Gleason doing the narration. The music is actually pretty contemporary, just written recently.

We also have the Sousa march The National Game on the slate. Sousa wrote it for Kenesaw Mountain Landis and MLB's 50th anniversary.

Jack Stamp's Pastime, another contemporary piece, is a really cool one. He came up with the idea while attending a Giants game in 1998 and has all kinds of musical cues and tributes to Giants legends like Mays, McCovey, Cepeda, and Marichal. All those subtle tributes come at the measure numbers 24, 44, 30, 27, etc. There is one very dissonant chord in measure 25 that symbolizes Stamp's feelings about Bonds leaving Pittsburgh; turns out Stamp was a Pirates fan. It goes from a beautiful E-flat major chord signifying the greatness of Mays to a cacophonous, icky noise. He also throws in tributes to Don Larsen, and McGuire and Sosa.

We close the program with a wind band standard arrangement of America the Beautiful.

I'm really excited about the program. The concert is May 13. If you would like to attend I will post another reminder closer to the date of the concert.

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