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The Kenosha Pops Concert Band loaded its July 4-6 schedules with patriotic favorites.

“We’re going to do our ‘Yankee Doodlest’ to keep everyone entertained,” bandleader Craig Gall said. “This concert is a real slice of Americana – with marches, American folk melodies and songs dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War.”

The Pops performs starting at 4 p.m. Monday on the band’s shell and at its regular time — 7 p.m. — Wednesday.

In the spirit of the holidays, we offer you a patriotic quiz, with the answers provided by the pieces on the program:

1) What is our state march?

A: “On Wisconsin” by WT Purdy. (And not the “Budweiser” song, despite what you may have heard at UW-Madison football games.) The state made it official in 1959.

2) The motto of the Marine Corps, “semper fidelis”, is also the title of a march by John Philip Sousa. But this is not the official march of the Marine Corps. What is?

People also read…

A: “US Marines on Parade” by Albert Mancini.

3) What are the official marches of other branches of the armed forces?

A: “US Field Artillery March” (Army), “Anchor’s Aweigh” (Navy), “Army Air Corps March” (Air Force) and “Semper Paratus” (Coast Guard). These marches will be performed on July 4 during the traditional grand finale of the concert. The marches will also be played on July 6, but not all together.

4) Which Sousa’s beloved march is the national march of the United States?

A: “The Stars and Stripes Forever” is the official national march of the United States, through an act of Congress.

5) Which song contains the lyrics “my eyes have seen the glory”?

A: “Battle Anthem of the Republic”. Greg Berg, the band’s emcee, will sing the song with the Pops.

6) Who was Israel Beilin?

A: This is the real name of Irving Berlin, who came to the United States from Russia when he was 5 years old and wrote about 1,500 songs during his 60-year career. The Pops Band plays “Irving Berlin’s Songs for America”, a medley of some of these songs, including “The Is the Army, Mister Jones” and “God Bless America”.

7) Who was Clare Grundman?

A: Grundman was an American composer and arranger and a favorite of the Pops Band. Tonight’s program features two Grundman tracks – “American Folk Rhapsody No. 3”, a medley that includes traditional songs such as “Colorado Trail”, “Git Along, Little Dogies”, “Careless Love” and “Turkey in the Straw”, and Grundman’s “The Spirit of ’76”, featuring songs from the Revolutionary War era, including “Washington’s March at Trenton”, “Yankee Doodle”, “Norah, Dear Norah” and “Chester “. Grundman “really knew how to make a band sound,” Gall said.

8) Which Sousa march was used as the theme music for the British TV series “Monty Python’s Flying Circus”?

“The Liberty Bell.” Rumor has it that the comedy troupe chose this song because the copyright had expired and they wouldn’t have to pay to use it. Very cheeky!

9) Which Civil War battle took place from July 1 to 3, 1863?

The Battle of Gettysburg in Pennsylvania. Kathy Ripley, the band’s assistant conductor, leads the band on Randy Edelman’s “Gettysburg.” The music was written for the 1993 film about the epic battle.

10) Which hymn by Samuel Augustus Ward was combined with a poem by Katharine Lee Bates and became a beloved patriotic tune?

“America the Beautiful.” The Pops Band performs the piece’s arrangement by Carmen Dragon, with vocals by Berg.

Bonus question: who wrote the music for the epic TV series “Victory at Sea”?

Richard Rodgers composed the music for the 26-hour, 13-hour television series about US Navy battles in World War II. The series first aired on NBC in 1952. The Pops Band plays “Guadalcanal March”, which was part of the “Victory at Sea” music. “It doesn’t get much better than that. It was a huge TV project, and Rodgers wrote the music for it,” Gall said.

Both concerts will also feature other tunes, including FW Meachem’s “American Patrol,” James D. Ployhar’s arrangement of the traditional folk tune “Shenandoah,” and the marches “National Emblem” and “32nd Division.”