Pensacola, Florida
Friday May 25th 2018


Election Night Concert Downtown

Press Release:

The Pensacola Civic Band presents a musical celebration of democracy in action with “Presidential Polonaise” at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Saenger Theatre. Held on Election Night, the concert highlights several U.S. Presidents and features real time election results on a screen over the stage.

From its opening “Espirit de Corps” written by Robert Jager for the U.S. Marine Band to its closing “Yankee Doodle” by Morton Gould, the concert captures the excitement of the nation’s presidential election.

Guest conductor, Yoana Todorova, takes the baton for the concert’s title selection, “Presidential Polonaise,” written by John Philip Sousa at the request of President Chester A. Arthur in 1886. Todorova, a native of Bulgaria, has been a member of the Civic Band for several years.

A multimedia presentation on the White House accompanies the performance of “Upon These Grounds,” written by John Tatgenhorst for a PBS documentary on the White House Gardens.

Film and television actor Lawrence Gamell Jr. narrates “Lincoln Portrait” by Aaron Copland.

Civic Band’s award-winning percussionist, Chloe Crouse, is featured in the exciting composition, “Zarabanda,” by Joseph Turrin.

Rounding out the concert are Sousa’s “Hail to the Spirit of Liberty” and “American Pageant” written by Thomas Knox and played by the U.S. Marine Band at every Presidential inauguration since Richard Nixon.

The Civic Band is sponsored by Pensacola State College and directed by PSC Performing Arts Department Head Don Snowden.

General admission tickets are $10 and are available at the door the night of the concert and at the Pensacola State College Lyceum Ticket Office, Bldg. 8, on the Pensacola Campus. A limited number of tickets are available for PSC students with a college ID at the Lyceum Ticket office.

Call 484-1847 for ticket information.

For more information, contact Civic Band Conductor Don Snowden at 484-1800 or