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‘March’ resurfaces after 100 years

Published: Monday, March 31, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

BELLEVILLE (AP) – A 100-year-old march written to commemorate Belleville’s centennial is being played once more in the southwestern Illinois community.

The nearly forgotten piece was composed a century ago by Frank E. Macke, a trumpet player who led “Frank Macke’s Old-time Orchestra.”

The sheet music resurfaced while community officials were planning Belleville’s bicentennial.

Kathy Liddy is Macke’s granddaughter. She says she kept the piece framed her home, but never heard it performed until this week when Swansea pianist Christina Witkowski performed it.

Liddy calls it “sophisticated” and says it had “a lot of lively movements.”

She says she hopes the march is played by a full band during the bicentennial celebrations.

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Information from: Belleville News-Democrat, http://www.bnd.com

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