DeKALB – The DeKalb Municipal Band presents a Salute to the Fourth of July at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at the Hopkins Park band shell. This is a celebration of our country’s birthday with patriotic and American music, vocalist Zachary Harris, recognition honoring members and veterans of the armed forces, and musical fireworks.
Harris has been singing in the northern Illinois area for seven years and is a veteran soloist on the DeKalb Municipal Band stage. He’s been featured in many Stage Coach Players productions, performed on the Egyptian Theatre stage, and has volunteered his talents to retirement homes, charities and churches.
Harris has recorded three piano/vocal cover albums, and his band, The Zach Harris Band, has just recorded its debut album of original music, “My Stand.” The album is scheduled to be released this summer.
Harris performs regularly at Tapa La Luna in DeKalb and is a praise and worship leader at Glad Tidings Assemblies of God Church.
An exciting new piece for Hopkins Park, “The March from 1941,” opens the musical celebration. Famed Hollywood composer John Williams wrote the score for “1941,” a 1979 Steven Spielberg production starring John Belushi.
Other music making its Hopkins Park debut will be “The All American March,” “Disney at the Movies,” “Americans We” and “Harry’s Wondrous World.” The concert will also feature music the band has traditionally performed on the Fourth of July, such as Morton Gould’s “American Salute” (based on “When Johnny Comes Marching Home”), “America the Beautiful” and the “1812 Overture,” complete with the sounds of cannons and chiming church bells.
Joining Harris in a salute to veterans and the armed forces will be Jill McCormick, Christine Monteiro and Mark Robinson. Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” will lead into a spectacular display of musical fireworks at the end of the evening.
The band will not give its usual Tuesday night concert on July 2.