SALEM – “The Salem March” had its first public performance at this year’s 4th of July celebration in Salem, MA.
“The Salem March” is a colonial march commissioned by 7-128 Software, a Salem company, as the theme music for their videogame, “Visit Salem” due out this year.
It was performed by The Hillyer Festival Orchestra, conducted by Dirk Hillyer, as part of the opening processional.
The estimated audience was 25,000, the largest July 4th audience in Salem history.
The piece was composed by Ian Bunker.
ABOUT 7-128 Software
7-128 Software is unique in that its mainstream videogames are designed from the start to be playable also by the blind, the deaf, or the motion impaired.
Its more than 30 games include the Inspector Cyndi in Newport series, word games, and puzzle games. It’s game, Here comes the Duck! is possibly the only computer game anywhere playable by a blind two-year old.
ABOUT Dirk Hillyer
Dirk Hillyer has been conducting the Hillyer Festival Orchestra for over a decade, including frequent appearances in Boston’s Esplanade Hatch Shell Series. Dr. Hillyer teaches music at Salem State College.
He recently debuted “Marblehead Forever” at the Armed Forces Day celebration in Marblehead.
ABOUT Ian Bunker
Ian Bunker recently graduated Reed College, Portland, OR with a degree in music composition. This is his first professional piece.
Salem, MA July, 2009
For more information contact:
Cynthia A. Geller V.P. Marketing and Sales 7-128 Software