An American Salute

On a sweltering July 4th evening, Freckleton Band put on a special American themed concert in a packed Freckleton Memorial Hall to raise funds for their National Finals appearance in Cheltenham in September. Every item on the programme had been chosen by the musical director to have a direct link to the United States to celebrate Independence Day. From Sousa marches, Civil War traditional themes, broadway numbers, Brubeck jazz, Neil Diamond and Barry Manilow, there was something for everyone in the appreciative audience.

Making his solo debut, Robert Richardson gave a commanding performance of a Dixieland arrangement of When the Saints, with Patrick Howard playing the air-varie La Belle Americaine with dexterity and aplomb. In the second half, Pat was joined by Anthony Roocroft for their hilarious rendition of the Laurel and Hardy Another Fine Mess. The evening concluded with An American Trilogy as made famous by Elvis with possibly the most famous American march The Stars and Stripes of America  by Sousa as encore.

The band would like to thank all those who worked hard to make the event a huge success and the audience for supporting us in such numbers.

Photos by Gail Howard and Carla Gardiner


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  • An American Tale
  • La Belle Americaine – Soloist Patrick Howard (euphonium)
  • Marching with Sousa
  • When the Saints – Soloist Robert Richardson (soprano cornet)
  • Putting on the Ritz
  • Let’s Face the Music and Dance
  • Salute to Sinatra


  • Marching Through Georgia
  • Another Fine Mess – Duettists Patrick Howard and Anthony Roocroft (euphoniums)
  • Breezin’ Down Broadway
  • Blue Rondo a la Turk
  • America / Love on the Rocks
  • Manilow Magic
  • An American Trilogy
  • Stars and Stripes Forever