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Two ensembles at spring band concert

May 1, 2015

“We have several exciting events happening,” said Matthew Wanken, MC’s director of instrumental studies. “One, we are having our second annual Guest Conductor Contest and two, we have been rehearsing, to perform one piece without a conductor. This style of rehearsal was championed by the Grammy Award-winning Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and has introduced the students to a new way of approaching music and the rehearsal process that is more democratic and requires critical analysis and creativity.

Wanken, who will remain behind the scenes as the Wind Ensemble performs “Air for Band” by Frank Erickson, commented on another selection, “Give Us This Day.” Said Wanken, “We will also be playing a piece by one of the great composers of our time – David Maslanka. We live in trying times, and in his compositional voice, Maslanka pulls these troubles in, contemplates them seriously, and gives us back a work of art that both helps and challenges us. At other times he helps us to find serenity and calm.”

The Wind Ensemble will also perform “Zing!” by Scott McAllister and “El Capitan” by John Philip Sousa.

Candidates for the guest conductor role, which will be determined by “Penny War” voting, are MC staff members Billy Bernard, Jim Fry and Sandy Russell-Corbin.

Also performing will be the Concert Band, under the direction of music instructor Jordan Van Dyke. The Band will open with “Band Together,” a traditional concert march composed by Larry Daehn, followed by “Music from Jurassic Park,” by renowned movie theme composer John Williams.

“That piece was selected to prepare the performers and audience for the release of ‘Jurassic World,’ which is a new take on the Jurassic Park story that opens in theaters June 12,” said Van Dyke.

The Concert Band will then perform “Within the Castle Walls,” a collection of Welsh songs inspired by war and revolution. The band’s finale will be “The Blues Brothers Revue,” arranged by Jay Bocook. The medley includes “Soul Man” and “Everybody Needs Somebody to Love,” among other songs from the popular movie.

The Wind Ensemble and the Concert Band will perform at Monmouth College’s annual Spring Band Concert on May 3 at 2 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of Dahl Chapel and Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public

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