College Band Spring Concert Offers Wide range of Musical Genres

Clarinet, Added Curricular, Jazz, and Percussion Ensembles Also Executed


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(BOWIE, Md.) – Songs fans acquired a rare handle listening to compositions written by some of the music world’s most renowned composers at the College Band’s Spring Symphonic Live performance,  highlighted by characteristic performances from many ensembles in the Recital Hall of the Bowie Condition University Wonderful and Performing Arts Heart on Thursday, April 21.

The percussion ensemble began the evening with their rendition of “Tomfoolery” by Wes Stephens followed by the clarinet ensemble’s interpretation of “Menuet in G” by Johann Sebastian Bach which gained a rousing applause from the almost whole-dwelling audience. Dan Forest’s “Good Night, Expensive Heart” was performed by the Added-Curricular Ensemble.

The whole Concert Band took the stage subsequent the ensembles, which is normally not the norm. University Band Director Billy R. Bennett says he needed to do a thing different just after becoming unable to have learners perform on stage for two years due to COVID.

“I needed to come out of our convenience zone and change matters up,” explained Bennett. “Marching band is totally unique from live performance band. Our students glimpse ahead to performing on the stage due to the fact it demonstrates their potential to participate in a range of audio genres. That is why I determined to emphasize the several sections and soloists and began the concert with our small ensembles,” he claimed.

Those ready for the entire college symphonic band to complete were not dissatisfied as they performed “A Peaceful Journey Home” and “In His Grace” by Ayatey Shabazz, a younger composer primarily based in Biloxi, Mississippi. But you can not have a live performance with out recognizing and performing music composed by the great Duke Ellington, recognized for his orchestral huge band jazz preparations. The Concert Band performed the Ellington typical “Come Sunday” and the Jazz Ensemble executed “Heaven.”

The Jazz Ensemble shut-out the evening with “Freedom Dance” by the late saxophonist Eddie Harris, “Public Eye” by trumpeter Roy Hargrove, and “Spanish Go Round” by saxophonist Kenny Garrett.

“Our students, especially the seniors who have been with us for 4 a long time, remaining the Recital Hall sensation great about their performance,” stated Bennett. “The major plus is that some of our returning underclassmen are previously conversing about following year’s concert and how to make it better.”


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