GCB: 2019-2020 Season begins

2019-2020 Season begins on August 12th

We will begin the evening with a “Back to Band” party, which will provide refreshments, time to catch up with others and make payments for band dues.  This party will begin at 6:30.  We will pass out new music and begin around 7:20.  Please share this event and invite prospective musicians.  We already have a busy season scheduled and our first concert is in September.  

Instrumental openings for GCB 2019-2020 Season:  Bassoon, Trombone, Clarinets and an Accessories Percussion player.  We still welcome other instrumentalist to come and try us out at a rehearsal.  

New Music this fall:

The Falls

Written by Rossano Galante, this musical piece will challenge us.  The Falls highlights a waterfall as it cascades over rocky terrain, sparkling wind and brass fanfares depict the water as it rushes forward before exploding over the edge.  

Jupiter (from “The Planets”)

This arrangement captures all the fire of the original orchestral version.  Written by Gustav Holst, one of Britain’s premier composers this popular work will include a true classic to our repertoire.  

Disney Razzamatazz

Some of the best toe-tapping Dixie-style songs are cleverly combined in this medley.  Several ensemble sections will make this a crowd pleaser. Includes Friend Like Me; A Spoonful Of Sugar; I Wanna Be Like You (The Monkey Song); Fortuosity and  Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah.

Suite from the Star Wars Epic, Part II

Three separate movements are included in this work:  Princess Leia’s Theme (from “Episode IV: A New Hope”), Imperial March/The Forest Battle (form “Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back” and “Episode VI: Return of the Jedi”) and Star Wars Main Theme.

Arachnophobia and Fugue

Imagine watching J.S. Bach composing in his studio while being pestered by a bothersome spider and you will get the idea behind this humorous as well as educational setting. We hear bits of his famous melodies while one or more xylophones represent this intrusive pest that’s swatted at by a rolled up newspaper throughout the piece.

GCB: 2018-2019 Spring season

2019 Spring

The band continues with a variety of selections this spring.  Please join us as we enjoy the following selections together. Additional instrumentalists that the band could benefit from are:  Clarinets, Horns, and Percussion.

In the Valley of the Sun

Explore the spirit of the West with this exciting overture. A rollicking Western-style theme invokes images of wild horses contrasted by a slow angular theme depicting the flowing Arizona desert.

Blue Mambo

Adds a pleasing touch of Latin to our performances this season. Opening with a lyric section featuring a solo for flugelhorn, this appealing work includes sensuous melodies surrounded by lush and bluesy harmonies. The up-tempo mambo then kicks in with an infectious percussion groove, which accompanies the melodies and riffs from the full ensemble

Carrickfergus

This Irish folksong, named after the town of Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland, is beautiful, nostalgic and lush. This intimate arrangement with ample cross-cueing is an excellent tool to teach phrasing and legato playing, while paying tribute to this colorful land

My Fair Lady

One of the most popular musicals ever written comes alive in this sparkling arrangement for developing bands!  Titles include:  Get Me To The Church On Time; I Could Have Danced All Night; I’ve Grown Accustomed To Her Face; On The Street Where You Live; With A Little Bit Of Luck and Wouldn’t It Be Loverly.

Duke Ellington Medley

This is a great medley of Duke Ellington tunes. Timeless melodies like Sophisticated Lady; Don’t Get Around Much Anymore; It Don’t Mean A Thing and others are expertly arranged by Calvin Custer.

Aladdin

The Animated Disney film of 1992 is brought to life in May of 2019 as the movie is re-released.  Songs in this medley include Arabian Nights; Friend Like Me; Prince Ali; and A Whole New World

Pixar Movie Magic

 Since 1995 the creative team at Pixar Studios has given us heartwarming stories and unforgettable characters that appeal to audiences of all ages. In addition, the music created for these films is an integral part of their charm and popularity. Here is a terrific arrangement of these familiar melodies that will thrill audiences everywhere. Included are: You’ve Got a friend in Me (“Toy Story”), The Spirit of Adventure (“Up”), The Glory Days (“The Incredibles”), The Big Race (“Cars”) and Ratatouille Main Theme.

GCB: 2018-2019 Season begins

The band will begin its new season in August 2018 with a welcome back party.  Please share this event and invite prospective players.  Our schedule is busy once again this fall as our first concert is about 5 weeks from when we start.  

A new Season is always exciting as we look at some old favorites as well as new challenges.  Instrumental openings in the band are present in the following locations: Percussion, Bassoon, and Clarinets.  We always welcome other players to join as our ranks increase.

New music this fall with product description:

Arsenal An exceptionally grandiose and festive concert March, which will use to begin our concerts.

Colors of Fall This piece will catch the beauty and color of the autumn season.  Opening quietly, a flowing melody is introduced by the flutes and gradually grows as additional instruments join in, building to breathtaking climax.  From there, the work quickly subsides, ending as it began, quietly and touching, creating a spell no one will want to break.

Sea Songs Originally, this setting of folk songs was the fourth movement of Vaughan Williams’ famous English Folk Song Suite. Now considered a separate work of its own, here for the first time is an arrangement playable by younger bands. Including Princess Royal; Admiral Benbow and Portsmouth, all the charm and character of the original has been authentically preserved in this outstanding setting.

The Trombone Rag   From the creative mind of John Higgins comes this spirited feature for your trombone section. Set in a lighthearted Dixieland style, it includes band parts that are easy to prepare and has plenty of room for your soloists to shine.

Kentucky 1800 Based on three traditional tunes reminiscent of the years when the pioneers were forging west, this is a folk-style tone poem in which melodic material is treated in great depth and with variety. An exceptionally popular, proven work!

Country Gardens The importance of the music of Percy Grainger to the concert band world is immeasurable. Even this simple tune from one of his greatest works displays his genius with harmony, counterpoint, and color.

The Greatest Showman Audiences loved this film, and the music was a huge part of its enormous appeal. From the powerful soundtrack, here is a dramatic and exciting medley for the concert stage. Included are The Greatest Show; Never Enough; A Million Dreams; This Is Me and From Now On.

 

GCB: 2015-2016 Season Begins

Come join us this Monday, August 10th, for a welcome back party and our first rehearsal of the season! We hope to see new players mixed in with returning members! Share this event and spread the word among your musician friends!

We have an exciting new concert schedule this year. Our first concert is on Aug. 31st at Mt. Zion Baptist in Snellville! We will hand out new music this Monday, Aug. 10th, so please come early. Enjoy refreshments starting at 6:30pm! The music begins at 7:15pm! See you there!

GCB: 2014-2015 Season Begins

A New Season

The GCB will begin its 2014-2015 season with gratitude to our former director, Jack Randall.  Jack led us for several years and maintained the band’s bright outlook to the future.  Thank you, Jack, for all you have done.  We look forward to your participation in band as an instrumentalist.

I am excited about the new season because with it brings new music, new instrumentalists and a fresh start to our group of musicians who are returning from a summer break.  Please mark your calendar to be with us on August 11th, 7:15 pm, our first rehearsal of the new season.  Continue reading