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Carroll Concert Band to honor Apollo 11

Glenn Patterson directs the Carroll Concert Band during its performance of "Stars and Stripes Forever" during a Sousa Style Concert March 21, 2010, at Winters Mill High School in Westminster.
Glenn Patterson directs the Carroll Concert Band during its performance of "Stars and Stripes Forever" during a Sousa Style Concert March 21, 2010, at Winters Mill High School in Westminster. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO , Carroll County Times)

The Carroll Concert Band will celebrate the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with a performance of "One Giant Leap," an original composition by band member Brian Drake that will be included as part of the group's Sousa Style Concert 3 p.m. Sunday at Winters Mill High School.

The show, an annual tradition for the concert band, will consist of 11 pieces written and performed in the style of John Phillip Sousa, composer of "Stars and Stripes Forever."

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The Carroll Concert Band, consisting of volunteer musicians who range in experience from high school students to professionals, performs together only once a year for the annual Sousa concert, said director Glenn Patterson.

"When you have people like school teachers, their schedules are so busy, they don't have the opportunity to participate in things like this often," Patterson said. "It's nice to just get together for the three practices and the performance."

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Featured performers will include Lucas Spiros, Andrew Spang, Brandi Jason and Kristen Gottlieb.

Drake, the composer of "One Giant Leap," is an instrumental music teacher at Westminster High School. Drake said the piece is a musical tribute to the heroism of NASA's Apollo 11 moon landing. The piece tracks the main stages of the launch, from the launch pad and the first steps on the moon to the eventual splashdown in the Pacific Ocean.

"Long before I wanted to be a part of the realm of music, I wanted to be an astronaut," Drake said. "Just the idea that there was a whole universe out there that we were just starting to discover really appealed to me."

Proceeds from the event will support the Carroll Arts Center's instrument bank, which repairs usable instruments and gives them to public schools for students.

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Patterson said the key to a Sousa concert is supporting tradition.

"Sousa music is an important part of the musical tradition," Patterson said. "When something has been going on as long as these concerts have been going on, it's important to keep them going."

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