Scot Symphonic Band’s Annual Spring Tour Concert Set for March 3

Free public performance to be held in The College of Wooster’s McGaw Chapel

February 22, 2013 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — The College of Wooster’s Scot Symphonic Band will present its annual Spring Tour Concert on Sunday, March 3. The performance, which is free and open to the public, begins at 2:30 p.m. in McGaw Chapel (340 E. University St.).

The tour, now in its 38th year, covers five states in five days, beginning in West Virginia on March 17 and continuing through South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The concerts will be hosted by Presbyterian Churches in the cities of Parkersburg, Greenwood, Statesville, Knoxville, and Roanoke.

Conductor Thomas Roblee, along with Associate Conductors Ned Brooks and Nancy Ditmer, will lead the band in an assortment of works, including Paul Hindemith’s “March from Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes by Carl Maria Von Weber,” a 1943 composition written in the United States after Hindemith’s music was banned in Nazi Germany. Also on the program are Healey Willan’s “Royce Hall Suite,” written for the UCLA band to celebrate the opening of a campus building that was modeled after Milan’s Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio,” and Carmen Dragon’s arrangement of Ohio-born songwriter and entertainer Daniel Emmett’s iconic Fantasia on Dixie, which became the anthem of the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Other selections include Robert Sheldon’s “As a Wind from the North,” a fantasy based on the David Charles Walker hymn, King of Glory, which was inspired by the poetry of Byron Reece, and Wooster senior Jordan Key’s “Nuages au-dessus de l’Abbey (Clouds Above the Abbey),” a product of Key’s two years of Independent Study research inspired by a trip to Solesmes, France, where he stayed at Abbey of St. Pierre of Solesmes and studied monastic spirituality and Gregorian Chant. In addition, Warren Barker’s arrangement of George Gershwin’s “The Symphonic Gershwin,” which consists of music from An American in Paris, Cuban Overture, and Rhapsody in Blue, will be performed.

Rounding out the program are Norman Dello Joio’s five-movement suite from The Louvre based on Ancient Airs, and John Phillip Sousa’s “Sempre Fidelis” as arranged by Keith Brion and Loras Schissel.

The concert will also feature traditional music from Scotland, spotlighting Wooster’s pipers, dancers, and drummers, and an always-emotive rendition of “Amazing Grace,” showcasing the entire company.

“We are looking forward to sharing our spring tour program with the campus and the community,” said Roblee, who is in his fifth year as instructor of percussion and second year as Director of Bands at Wooster. “Our program is intentionally diverse with works designed to appeal to a range of musical tastes and backgrounds.”

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