Back to Basics ~ performing a pre-pandemic concert in a post-pandemic world.
This year’s Spring Concert features a program that was planned two years ago, but was never performed. The subtitle of this concert is “Back to Basics”. Not only is the band playing a straight-forward wind ensemble concert with no obvious theme, but they’re also going back to performing a pre-pandemic concert in a post-pandemic world.
Highlights of our upcoming concert include a piece by Percy Grainger called “Lincolnshire Posy”. Grainger was an interesting fellow and his music reflects that. He wanted music to reflect nature and have a free-flowing sense of time, which is why you’ll often hear lots of meter changes in his music. The second movement of “Lincolnshire Posy” is a great example of this free flow in time because the melody is not strictly in common time or a basic meter throughout the movement.
Another highlight of this concert is a selection called “Alligator Alley” by Michael Daugherty. Daugherty is a modern day composer who incorporates pop culture into his music, such as “Dead Elvis” or “Metropolis Symphony” (the story of Superman). “Alligator Alley” is the nickname for a stretch of highway between Naples and Ft. Lauderdale in Florida’s Everglades National Park. Daugherty composed this music to celebrate the management of the National Park Service in preventing poachers from hunting alligators. Listen for the snap of the alligator from the whip player when you see this performance!
One last piece of music I’d like to showcase is Shostakovich’s “Waltz No. 2”, which has been arranged for wind ensemble by Johan de Meij. You may have heard of this famous waltz in Kubrick’s movie “Eyes Wide Shut” or the holiday classic “Bad Santa”. It was composed as a part of Shostakovish’s “Suite for Variety Orchestra”. In the original orchestral version, it included alto saxophone, which is not an instrument that normally plays in orchestra. It’s great to hear Meij’s band arrangement because the sax part is now accompanied by wind instruments that match the tone quality of that instrument.
There are eight other pieces that will be performed for this year’s Spring Concert. Please come see our concert this May 1st at the Center for the Arts main stage at 4:30PM.
Free Concert! 07:00 pm – Sunday, May 05, 2019 at the Center for the Arts
I can’t wait for Spring
Concert this year! I’ve been itching to do a movie themed concert ever since I
became the conductor of the community band. The last movie themed concert
performed by the band was in 2016 with Jennifer Levanduski conducting. That
concert featured such classics as “Officer Krupke” from “West Side Story”, the
theme from “The Godfather” and music from “Tombstone”. Just like Hollywood, I
wanted to do that concert again, but bigger! This concert features only music
that has been found in movie sequels, hence the title of our concert, “A Night
at the Movies: The Sequel!”
All of the music selections
feature music from movies that have sequels. Movies like “Jurassic Park”,
“Superman”, “Star Wars” and “Back to the Future” have many sequels and feature
their main themes in all of them. Some of the more obscure movie sequels in our
concert include “Blue Danube Waltz” from “2001: A Space Odyssey” and “Wizard of
Oz”. Some might remember their respective sequels, “2010: The Year We Make
Contact” and “Return to Oz”. “Return to Oz” might be one of my favorite sequels
to a beloved classic because of it’s very dark tone and memorable scary
moments. Some of our selections will feature themes that are only found in
their sequels, such as “Yoda’s Theme” from “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back”
and music from “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers”.
To celebrate our 30 year birthday we have invited our founding conductor, Don Cushman, to conduct a special piece.
This concert is going to be
a blast! All of the musicians have been working real hard to bring the power of
cinema to your ears. I can’t wait to see you at The Center Theater on Cinco De
Every journey begins with a single step. The Jackson Hole Community Band will begin it’s 2018-19 season with the many racing steps of Old Bills Fun Run. Who could ask for a better way to start?
For me, Old Bills has always been the start. Two years ago, I made my debut as the conductor on a wonderful sunny morning in Town Square. Since then, I have made new friends and strengthened old ones, seen the eyes of children light up when they hear a familiar Halloween tune, given audience members a journey around the world and through time and seen a side of Jackson that loves and appreciates the arts on a community level. My experiences are only a small fraction of the great experiences had by all the members of the band since its inception in 1989. This year we share some of those experiences leading up to Old Bills with a Meet a Member Campaign. Select members of the group will have a chance to blog on our website about their experiences with the band and why they still love being a member.
The music we’ll be playing at the Square will reflect the spirit of our group. From the zany sounds of The Muppets Theme to the laid back sounds of MacDonald and Hanley’s Indiana to the somewhat suspicious sounds of The Stripper. Every tune will help make this early September morning energize. And with that, every band member will bring their own personality into the music we present for you.
One thing I can’t forget to mention is the importance of donating to the Community Band via Old Bills Fun Run. Examples of how your donations help include instrument repair, maintenance of library materials, radio and newspaper publicity, rehearsal and concert space rentals, and so forth. These details are only a mere trifle as compared to the real intent of your donation. Your donation shows the love and support for community music making and its impact on the future of our society. I’ll see you on the square!