Saturday, March 2, 2019

Auld Lang Syne

In 1788 Robert Burns sent the poem “Auld Lang Syne” to the Scots Musical Museum, indicating that it was an ancient song but that he'd been the first to record it on paper. This arrangement is by Concord Band Music Director Laureate, William M. Toland. The phrase “auld lang syne” roughly translates as “for old times’ sake,” and the song is all about preserving old friendships and looking back over the events of the year. It is sung all over the world, evoking a sense of belonging and fellowship, tinged with nostalgia. (Source:

Bill Toland’s arrangement of the traditional folk song Auld Lang Syne, which continues to be played at the conclusion of Concord Band Holiday Pops concerts. (JRO)

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