Community Band to Give Free Labor Day Concert in Yachats
by James O’Brien
Pacific Coast Wind Ensemble (PCWE) will perform an end-of-the-summer concert on the Yachats Commons Porch on Labor Day, September 5, at 1 p.m. This group has assembled a nice variety of musical selections, including songs from West Side Story as well as the memorable melody heard in Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary in the 1990s, Ashokan Farewell. It was composed by Jay Ungar in 1982 to end a successful folk and dance festival in New York and Burns thought it was perfect as background to his video. There will be marches, The Steel King March and Washington Post March, to stir a holiday mood as well as novelty songs like The Peanut Vendor and Woodwind Marmalade for toe-tapping delight. A brief narration will precede each selection. PCWE draws musicians from several coastal communities, including Newport, Seal Rock, Yachats, Ten Mile and Florence. Some of the musicians even live in Eugene and drive weekly to attend rehearsals.The group is under the direction of Dr. Jim O’Brien of Yachats for this concert, assisted by Ms. Evelyn Archer, Waldport. The concert is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring a chair, pillow or blanket to sit on.