Celebrated Scot Marching Band to Present Annual Fall Concert on Nov. 8

Jazz, show tunes, and rock and roll featured in free public performance at The College of Wooster

03 November, 2015 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — A little bit of jazz, a healthy dose of Broadway tunes, and some good old rock and roll highlight the Scot Marching Band’s annual fall concert on Sunday (Nov. 8) at The College of Wooster. The performance, which begins at 1:30 p.m. in McGaw Chapel (340 E. University St.), features selections from the band’s pregame and halftime shows this season. Admission is free and open to the public.

Directed by Ben Herrick, and assisted by Nancy Ditmer and Ned Brooks, the 115-piece ensemble, will be attired in its traditional Scottish regalia, including the distinctive McLeod Tartan kilts. In addition, the bagpipers and drummers, accompanied by the Highland Dancers, will present a variety of Scottish music, with arrangements by legendary Wooster educator and former Scot Band Conductor Stuart Ling of “Are You from Wooster?” “Score Wooster,” and “Black and Gold,” conducted by Scot Head Coach Frank Colaprete.

Other musical selections include “Swingmania” a cavalcade of arrangements by Herrick of songs by jazz legends Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and W.C. Handy. Also on the program is a “Georgia Medley,” featuring Herrick’s arrangement of Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell’s iconic “Georgia on My Mind,” made famous by Ray Charles and spotlighting Monica Mutnansky on trumpet, as well the Harlem Globetrotters’ theme song, “Sweet Georgia Brown,” with soloists Nathan Gimble (trumpet), Anthony Weber (clarinet), Elliott Valentine (trombone), Kayla Zboran (sousaphone), and Joseph Caffrey (snare drum).

Rock and Roll will be represented by two hits from the 1970s-80s mega-group Styx: “Mr. Roboto” and “Come Sail Away,” as well as a medley of Rolling Stones hits: “Time is on My Side,” “Satisfaction,” and “It’s Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It).”

Broadway will take center stage with favorites from Fiddler on the Roof, Wicked, Chicago, and The Wizard of Oz, showcasing the talents of Iain Joseph (mellophone) and Katie Greenslade (baritone); Alan Menkin’s “Under the Sea,” featuring front percussion ensemble arranged by Jeff Neitzke and Mary Stehulak on steel drum; and a third set with music from The Music Man, Phantom of the Opera, and New York, New York arranged by Herrick with percussion by Neitzke and solos by Jessica Weaver (trumpet), Carolyn Mayer (mellophone), Alex Pearson (trombone), Katelyn French (baritone), and Joshua Charlton (sousaphone).

Additional information about the concert is available by phone (330-263-2419) or e-mail.