A colorful medley of songs made popular by Francisco Gabilondo Soler; lovingly known in Mexico as "Cri-Cri." This medley consists of: "Tema of 'Cri-Cri' (Theme song of 'Cri-Cri')," "Di Porque" ("Tell me why, Grandmother"), "Aztec chant to the Sun," and "Llueve" ("Rain"). These songs are still sung by children in Mexico today.
A medley of two Christmas songs from Mexico and the Catalan section of the Iberian Peninsula: "Las Posadas" and "Fum, fum, fum." The first tune, "Las Posadas," is a nine-day celebration with origins in Spain, now celebrated chiefly in Mexico, Guatemala and parts of the Southwestern United States. "Fum, fum, fum" is thought to have originated in the 16th or 17th century. There is an optional Chorus part included.
A beautiful medley of three Lutheran Hymns: "Come, O Long-Expected Jesus," "A Mighty Fortress is our God," and "Let the Earth Now Praise the Lord." The piece opens with a fanfare based on "A Mighty Fortress" and flows into the W. Walker, southern harmony Advent tune. The second hymn, written by Martin Luther, is unique since it uses the original meter and syncopated tune. The piece concludes with the third hymn with a similar fanfare as the beginning.
A fun novelty piece based on the themes of California Television children's programs of the 1950's and 60's. Echos of "Crusader Rabbit," "Underdog," and "Sherrif John" including his birthday song and theme song.
This piece was written for the Ashland City Band, of Ashland, Oregon, which the composer and his wife were members. The Ashland City Band starts every concert with "Strike Up The Band" and you'll hear that at the beginning. The recording below is by the Ashland City Band from 2008.