The Salem Concert Band under the baton of Keith Weathers returns to the Historic Elsinore Theatre for its traditional “In the Steps of Sousa” concert, featuring pieces performed by Sousa’s band during its four Salem appearances. Join us afterward for cake as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary and Sousa’s 160th birthday!

The Sousa Band often performed with vocal and instrumental soloists, and Salem Concert Band will follow this tradition. Coloratura soprano Leslie Buys Eck returns with the “Vilja Lied” (Vilja Song) from Franz Lehár’s operetta “The Merry Widow,” and “Frühlingsstimmen” (Voices of Spring) by the “Waltz King” Johann Strauss II. Ms Buys Eck will further capture the flavor of the period by performing in a gown similar to those worn by turn-of-the-century Sousa soloists. Salem Concert Band percussionist Tim Sasaki will dazzle the audience with “The Golden Age of the Xylophone” arranged by Floyd Werle, incorporating many popular songs from the early 20th century.

Other featured selections include the “Rienzi Overture” and two selections from Lohengrin—the beautiful “Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral” and the stirring “Introduction to the Third Act”—by Richard Wagner, and “American Overture” by Joseph W. Jenkins.

No Sousa concert would be complete without a generous helping of pieces by the March King, including Cubaland, At the Movies, Powhatan’s Daughter, Peaches and Cream, and The Washington Post. The band will conclude the concert with Sousa’s most beloved march, The Stars and Stripes Forever.