Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Concert Order

Ensembles

Concert Band

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  • Spirals of Light by Sean O’Laughlin

    Spirals of Light was commissioned by the South Central District Bandmasters Association of North Carolina for the 2006 9-10 All District Band, Blair Smith, director and coordinator. The work is celebratory in nature and uses the many colors of the modern wind band. A rousing fanfare motive, a ubiquitous oscillating figure, and an Irish folk-style melody provide plenty of variety for the listening audience. 
  • Symphonic Dance #3: Fiesta by Clifton Williams

    Symphonic Dance No. 3 “Fiesta” is one of five symphonic dances commissioned by the San Antonio Symphony Orchestra to celebrate its 25th anniversary in 1964. The composer rescored this work for band, and it was first performed in 1967 by the University of Miami Band.

    This dance reflects the excitement and color of San Antonio’s many Mexican celebrations, what the composer called "the pageantry of Latin American celebration – street bands, bullfights, bright costumes, the colorful legacy of a proud people." The introductory brass fanfare creates an atmosphere of tense anticipation, while the bells, solo trumpet, and woodwinds herald the arrival of an approaching festival. The brass announces the matador's arrival to the bull- ring, and the finale evokes a joyous climax to the festivities.

    Clifton Williams (1923–1976) was a pianist, French hornist, music theorist, conductor, prominent music educator, and leading composer of instrumental music. He attended Louisiana State University and Eastman School of Music. He also served in the Army Air Corps Band as a drum major, composing in his spare time. He taught at the University of Texas and at the University of Miami where he was chairman of theory and composition. 

Chi Ro Steelband

Fur Elise by Ludwig van Beethoven, arr. Eric B. Schrader

Woodwind Ensemble

Piano Sonata in D Major No. 50, Hob. XVI: 37
Movement 1 - Allegro Con Brio 

by Franz Josef Haydn, arr. Quinten Petersen

Jazz Ensemble

Star Eyes by Gene Depaul, arr. Dave Wolpe

Switch in time by Sammy Nestico

Concert Band

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  • Flowers by Allie Bauer (‘23)

    "Flowers is a piece created with deep, dualistic symbolism at its core. Its various themes follow the life cycles of actual flowers as well as both humanity and individual people all as a part of something bigger. The swelling and fading of energy represent the various stages of life for both groups. Just when it seems like the end has come -  the flowers wither and people pass on - something new begins. Time marches on; life continues on in its course, but the beauty and glory of nature are not only preserved but are reborn in a similar yet new way. Creation is full of remarkable and extraordinary individuals that are all intertwined in the great circle of life, which is represented in the soloistic parts of this piece; the individualistic nature of that section gives the effect of something growing under the surface. The use of this idea to both start and end the piece creates a sense of cyclical continuation similar to that of life itself."

    — program notes by courtesy of the composer
  • Tribute by Travis Cross

    Tribute was commissioned by the Southwest Iowa Bandmasters Association and premiered by their 11-12 grade honor band in January of 2006. This chorale-style piece utilizes unanticipated tones to provide a novel excitement while also remaining almost familiar. There is a wisdom to the lines and the progression of energy feels inevitable. Soaring lines and strong foundations make for a well-rounded, enjoyable sonic experience.

Tragoudi Steelband

Midnight Soca by Nathaniel Crowder (‘24)

Ocean Avenue by Yellowcard, arr. Quinten Petersen

Brass Ensemble

Sonata Pian E Forte by Giovanni Gabrielli, arr. Robert King

Percussion Ensemble

Bolado by Adam Hopper

Chaos Supreme by Josh Walker

Ichthys Steelband

Song to the Chiricahua by Clif Alexis, arr. Eugene Novotny

Concert Band

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  • A Zillion Nickels by Sam Hazo

    A Zillion Nickels was commissioned by the consortium of Toms River High School North, East, and South; Toms River, NJ. Jonathan Grill, George Powers, Jessica Stanford, Mark Figueroa, Christopher Test, and Nichole Delnero, Directors. 
     
    People who live in New Jersey have a special relationship with their shore. It symbolizes everything from childhood memories to taking your grandchildren to the same exact spot on the beach that you claimed as a teen. Throw in the amusement park and attractions, and you have a place with a deeply layered identity. Truth-be-told, every part of the Jersey shore is not representative of the hedonistic reputation the words "Jersey Shore" conjure, although that part truly does exist and there are numerous t-shirts displaying tasteless messages to prove it! Regardless of which aspect of the Jersey shore creates nostalgia, it is a part of the state that Jersey-ites own with pride. My own experience during a 1980's visit to Seaside Heights proved this to me, first-hand. 
     
    Perhaps this is why they quite literally went into shock when viewing televised photos of the Jet Star roller coaster sitting in the Atlantic Ocean following Hurricane Sandy; one of the most iconic news images of all time. Ironically, that roller coaster was in the Seaside Heights area I had visited almost 30 years earlier, and just across the bridge from the Toms River schools that commissioned this piece. It could be argued that no area took a greater hit from Hurricane Sandy than the town of toms River, New Jersey.
     
    Originally, the rebuilding that followed the hurricane was Commission Chair, Jon Grill's, request for the topic of the composition. Then, after I sketched ideas, I told him that the piece was shaping into a chronological mood piece about the shore with pre and post hurricane sections. Most prevalent were the sound swells symbolizing the progression and regression of the waves and tides in micro and macro lengths. There were numerous call and response themes as well as question/answer sections symbolizing how quickly we go from the present to a memory. There were peaceful sections and turbulent sections. But, of greatest importance were the sections representing hope that close the composition. 
     
    The title came from my father, the Poet Laureate of Pennsylvania. Decades ago, he and I were looking out from a hotel balcony at the sun reflecting on Mediterranean Sea when said to me, "the waves glitter like a zillion nickels." He later used that line in a poem titled Soldiers Despite Ourselves.
     
    While all instruments have vital parts, A Zillion Nickels emphasizes percussion. The musical feel was inspired by the drumming of percussion virtuoso, Steve Smith; perhaps the greatest call ad response drummer/musician I have ever heard. Even in his earlier days as the drummer for Journey, his drumming fulfilled the role that I tell composition students that must fulfill in their treatment; percussion must "paint" the musical work. Sometimes it accentuates, sometimes it answers, sometimes it states, sometimes it doubles and supports, sometimes it echoes, sometimes it's textural, but never should it just keep time. (Vincent Persichetti was a master of this.) Steve Smith is such a natural, his treatment of drumming is literally like listening to a musical conversation. He converses with other instruments and he converses with himself. But, at no time does he distract from the groove. Moreover, musically, he listens more than he talks. Novices think his playing is cool, and masters are humbled by it.
     
    Aa a percussion major, turned teacher, turned composer . . . I can spend hours studying Internet drumming videos. After I had the main themes planned out for this piece, I came across some of my favorite Steve Smith videos, and that was the spark.
  • The Grid by Adrian Sims (ft. 8th Grade members of Jr Viking Band)

    The Grid is a depiction of the electrical power network that allows our complex world to function. This work maps out a musical grid that begins as a rigid eighth note framework which becomes more free-flowing as the musical ideas develop. Illustrating the futuristic “smart city”, this work attempts to pave a path to the future in both a literal and a musical sense. Each individual part plays an essential role in allowing this musical grid to function as the music is in constant evolution throughout, similar to the development of technological innovations in the real world.
  • Infinite Hope by Brian Balmages

    "We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope."- Martin Luther King, Jr. 

    Inspired by the juxtaposition of uncertainty and boundless optimism, Infinite Hope seeks to forge a path of faith, trust, belief, and assurance amidst a world of chaos. It reminds us that hopes and dreams are all around us, and that, as Robert Fulghum said, ". . . hope always triumphs over experience." At some point in life, most of us experience moments that truly test our resolve—either as individuals or as a society. Despite those tests, we can always look inward and outward—and refuel on the hopes within ourselves and in others. And in that very moment, we find ourselves sharing in the magic of infinite hope. 

List of 8 items.

  • Percussion Ensemble

    Allie Bauer
    Emily Buch
    Nathaniel Crowder
    Grace Daley
    McKenna Friske
    Kaliska Klusmeyer
    Annabelle Nault
    Frank Quan-Pham
    Robyn Reinke
    Bethany Stroh
    Evi Uttech
    Emily Wendorf
  • Chi Ro - Steelband

    Ahnna Baer
    Allie Bauer
    Aubrey Bauer
    Grace Daley
    Owen Daley
    Noah Gruetzmacher
    Eva Kuehn
    Min Larsen
    Kaitlyn Oldenburg
    Lauren Roedel
    Henry Schapekahm
    Max Swearingen
    Nolan Swearingen
    Emily Wendorf
  • Ichthys - Steelband

    Ingrid Buschkopf
    Scott Cousins
    Amos Ebeling
    Silas Ebeling
    McKenna Friske
    Nathaniel Frisque
    Mary Hahm
    Annabelle Nault
    Jonah Poston
    Frank Quan-Pham
    Robyn Reinke
    Bethany Stroh
    Nora Stroh
    Eviana Uttech

  • Tragoudi - Steelband

    Nate Crowder
    William Eft
    Maddie Festerling
    John Handeland
    Isaiah Harris
    Oliva Hermanson
    Brooklyn Jones
    Kaliska Klusmeyer
    Peyris Macisak
    Victor Margulis
    Mac Mundt
    Kyle Leverence
    Willow Zak
  • Jazz Ensemble

    Alto Sax
    Lydia Harrington
    Emily Wendorf

    Tenor Sax
    Nathaniel Frisque
    Cole Kreel
    Trevor Hoffman

    Bari Sax
    Evi Uttech

    Trumpet
    James Faust
    McKenna Friske
    Natalie Hatzung
    Victor Margulius
    Robyn Reinke
    Henry Schapekahm

    Trombone
    Owen Derkowski
    Tommy Doerr
    Isaiah Harris
    Michael McDermott

    Piano
    Grace Daley
    Lucy Li
    GUITAR
    Will Lambrecht

    Bass
    John Handeland

    Percussion
    Will Eft
    Jonah Poston
    Frank Quan-Pham
  • Brass Ensemble

    Trumpet
    James Faust
    Peyris Macisak
    Victor Margulius
    Robyn Reinke
    Henry Schapekahm

    French Horn
    Mac Mundt
    John Handeland

    Trombone
    Tommy Doerr
    Mary Joy Hahm
    Isaiah Harris
    Michael McDermott

    Baritone
    Zach Nath
  • Woodwind Ensemble

    Flute
    Allie Bauer

    Oboe
    Eviana Uttech

    Clarinet
    Eva Kuehn
    Anna Pufahl
    Emily Wendorf

    Bass Clarinet
    Cheyenne McGillis

    Alto Saxophone
    Nathaniel Frisque
    Lydia Harrington

    Tenor Saxophone
    Trevor Hoffman
    Thomas Westendorf
  • Concert Band

    Flute
    Allie Bauer
    Maddie Festerling
    Elina Hofer
    Chloe Koschnitzke

    Oboe
    Ethan Enslen
    Garazi Agirre Osinaga
    Julia Neuman
    Eviana Uttech

    Violin
    Conner Poston

    Clarinet
    Ahnna Baer
    Tina Chen
    Sylvia Delwiche
    Eva Kuehn
    Kate Merril
    Anna Pufahl
    Natalie Schachtschneider
    Emily Wendorf

    Bass Clarinet
    Cheyenne McGillis
    Alto Saxophone
    Nathaniel Frisque
    Lydia Harrington

    Tenor Saxophone
    Cole Kreel
    Devan Meyer
    Thomas Westendorf

    Baritone Saxophone
    Ryan Parker

    Trumpet
    James Faust
    McKenna Friske
    Natalie Hatzung
    Peyris Macisak
    Victor Margulius
    Mason Mazziotti
    Robyn Reinke
    Henry Schapekahm
    French Horn
    Silas Ebeling
    Alex Enslen
    John Handeland
    Izzy Hatzung
    Lilia Kasten
    Mac Mundt
    Trombone
    Julie Carter
    Owen Derkowski
    Tommy Doerr
    Isaiah Harris
    Michael McDermott
    Vaughn Miller
    Danny Vacarella

    Baritone
    Amos Ebeling
    Noah Gruetzmacher
    Zach Nath

    Tuba
    Maddie Grass
    Riley Rindfleisch
    Percussion
    Nathaniel Aldinger
    Emily Buch
    Nathaniel Crowder
    Grace Daley
    Owen Daley
    William Eft
    Bryce Frey
    Justin Jung
    Brandon Leitner
    Annabelle Nault
    John Park
    Jonah Poston
    Frank Quan-Pham
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