By Herb Ryan
Sunday May 29, 2016
Main Street Square, Rapid City SD – The promo for the Navy Band Great Lakes “Liberty Call”, a patriotic show and swing band repertoire associated with the early 20th century midwest performing at Main Street Square read like a typical military band concert. Foot tapping and singing along with a John Sousa tempo. The set began with a rousing version of the Stars and Stripes, followed by a “Every Day I Have The Blues” a song attributed to Pine Top Sparks and his brother Marion. The song was reworked by Memphis Slim and has reached the top of the charts with versions by Count Basie, Joe Williams and B.B. King. This set the stage for vocalist Danlie Cuenca and the band to capture the hearts of the audience with renditions of, “I just Found Out About Love”, and “It Could Happen To You”, a song written in 1944 with music by Jimmy Van Huesen and lyrics by Johnny Burke.
Shock set in with the realization that this was not a “parade field band”, no this was the genuine stuff and if you missed it, please accept my sympathies. Solid sound and seamless transitions into solos and sections. “Basically Blues”, “Love For Sale” and “It Had to Be You”. tough not to hum along and feel it all. “Come By Me” and “Black Coffee”, yeah black coffee, sung by the irrepressible Ella Fitzgerald in 1960 and still remains a popular standard. “Taps” and “God Bless America” have always been the reminder of what we have sacrificed and the freedom bought with those sacrifices.
The concert closed with an Armed Forces Medley and sustained applause from a very appreciative audience.
Liberty Call is an ensemble which performs a wide range of musical genres, spanning from traditional New Orleans-style Jazz to modern-day Popular Music, including, but not limited to, Country, Rock, Jazz, and Blues. Under the direction of Unit Leader Musician First Class Jesse Carmona, Liberty Call is the most versatile ensemble within Navy Band Great Lakes. Liberty Call is capable of performing at a variety of venues, from festivals to outdoor concerts utilizing full speaker system, to smaller acoustic venues with power and/or space constraints. Liberty Call is ready to serve by providing a show that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser for audience members of all ages!