“Sousa to Barnum… The Golden Era of American Band Music” with Captain Kenneth Force

01/13/2017 - 7:00 pm
Community Room of the Canterbury, CT Town Hall
1 Municipal Drive - Canterbury, CT 06331

There will be a brief business session at 7:00 pm, followed by the program & refreshments. Free and open to the public. Bring a friend.

captforce_smallWe are pleased to welcome noted music scholar, author, composer, arranger, and performer Captain Kenneth Force, United States Maritime Service (USMS), Retired. A specialist in American band music, his topic for our program is entitled “Sousa to Barnum… The Golden Era of American Band Music.”

Captain Force’s distinguished musical career includes assistant first trumpet with the Radio City Music Hall Orchestra; numerous Broadway shows; the Master Virtuosi of New York; and many free-lance positions. Also, he was a member of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus Band under the legendary Merle Evans, and the Clyde Beaty-Cole Brothers Circus Band. In addition, he served as band director at the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

In a January 2009 article, The New York Times made note of his unmatched record-setting participation in eleven presidential inaugural parades.

Much more about Captain Force at https://www.usmma.edu/band/director and in this Canterbury Historical Society press release.

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