Wooster Concert Band to Perform in Gault Recital Hall on May 3

29 April, 2016 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio — The Wooster Concert Band, comprised of high school and college students as well as community members, will perform in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center on Tuesday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m. (525 E. University Street). Admission is free and open to the public.

The Wooster Concert Band was founded in 2006 by Lisa Brandt, then a music education student at Wooster, in conjunction with Nancy Ditmer, Director of Bands, for the purpose of providing performance opportunities for community members as well as an opportunity for music education students to enhance their performance skills on secondary instruments. Additionally, the band is conducted by students who have taken the basic conducting course, offering them an opportunity for additional practical experience working with a large ensemble and a chance to conduct literature that they may eventually use in their teaching situations.

The concert will feature music of various styles and genres representative of substantive wind band literature, including James Curnow's "Edgewood Festival," Steven Reineke's "River of Life," and Claude T. Smith's "Concert Variations." Well-known composer Eric Whitacre wrote "October" with the intention of evoking a peaceful representation of the month he has called his favorite, and the feelings this month evokes for him. "Yorkshire Ballad" by James Barnes and Bruckner's "Ave Maria" offer the band an opportunity for playing less technically demanding works that require maturity in tone, intonation, and expression. Bob Rodda, retired director of Lowry Center, will serve as narrator/ringmaster for "A Day at the Circus," a multi-movement work by James Curnow that depicts various circus acts and takes audience members on a journey reminiscent of every child's trips to see the acts under the bigtop.

Conductors for this concert include Robert MacLellan and Salena Stewart, senior music education majors who are currently student teaching in the Wooster City and Canton City Schools respectively. Other conductors include two recent music education graduates who are currently doing substitute teaching in the area. Nicholas Penfound is a 2015 Wooster music education graduate and Michael Santmyer graduated from Baldwin Wallace University, also in 2015.

Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2419) or by email.