Scot Symphonic Band to Perform on Sunday in McGaw Chapel

Free public performance kicks off annual spring tour

27 February, 2014 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster's Scot Symphonic Band, featuring traditional pipers, drummers, and dancers, will present its annual spring tour preview concert this Sunday (March 2) in McGaw Chapel (340 E. University St.). The performance, which is free and open to the public, begins at 2:30 p.m.

Directed by Thomas Roblee and assisted by Ned Brooks, the band will open with Jack Stamp's "Gavorkna Fanfare," followed by William Rhoads' arrangement of Charles Ives' "Variations on America," Jeffrey Gershman's arrangement of Eric Whitacre's "Sleep, My Child," and Julie Giroux's four-movement piece "Symphony No. IV: Bookmarks from Japan."

Following intermission, John Zdechlik's "Chorale and Shaker Dance" will be performed, followed by John Philip Sousa's "The Black Horse Troop March" as arranged by Frederick Fennell. Rounding out the repertoire will be "Toccata Marziale" by Ralph Vaughan Williams and "Africa: Ceremony, Song, and Ritual" by Robert W. Smith. The concert will conclude with "Amazing Grace."

Roblee serves as director of bands and instructor of percussion at Wooster. He earned a degree in music education from SUNY Fredonia and a master of music performance degree from The University of Akron. Brooks is an associate director for the band program at Wooster, where he assists with the Marching and Symphonic Bands.  He received a degree in music education from The Ohio State University and a master's degree from Kent State University.

Additional information about this weekend's concert is available by phone (330-263-2419) or e-mail.