Wooster Concert Band to Perform May 3

Free concert in Gault Recital Hall of Scheide Music Center

1 May, 2017 by Sarah Stanley

WOOSTER, Ohio — The sounds of a multigenerational music ensemble will prevail in Scheide Music Center’s Gault Recital Hall (525 E. University St.) when the Wooster Concert Band performs on Wednesday, May 3, at 7:00 p.m. on the campus of The College of Wooster. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert features music of various styles and genres representative of standard wind band literature and written by American composers. The concert opens with Clare Grundman’s “Hebrides Suite,” a three movement work based on English folk songs. “Echoes” by Samuel Hazo and “Jupiter Hymn” from Gustav Holst’s The Planets are slow, expressive pieces while march styles are represented by the Spanish-style “Amparito Roca” and British-style “Sea Songs.” The program is rounded out with music of American composers, Robert Jager, W. Francis McBeth, and John Zdechlik.

The Wooster Concert Band was founded in 2006 by a music education student who envisioned an ensemble that would provide additional conducting and teaching experience for students majoring in music education. It is open to students, faculty, staff, and community members and is currently comprised of musicians ranging from 15 to about 80 years of age, providing a truly multi-generational experience for its members and conductors.

This year, the Wooster Concert Band is led by two student conductors and a recent graduate in music education. Kayla Zboran, ‘17, is currently completing her student teaching in the Triway Local Schools and will begin her teaching career in the Orrville City Schools beginning in the fall. Alexandra Piepenbrink, ‘18, will complete her student teaching in the fall and is also pursuing work in oboe performance. Nicholas Penfound ‘15 currently lives and works in Elyria, allowing him to return to Wooster each week to gain additional experience with the band. These young professionals handle all aspects of the Wooster Concert Band, including program selection, weekly rehearsals, and of course, conducting the concert.

Additional information about this concert and membership in the group is available by phone (330-263-2419) or by email.