The band is currently working on pieces of music to include in its spring performances. All of the performances that are currently scheduled are in May. One of the highlights of the band’s year is a series of combined concerts with the Sugar Hill LDS Choir. Two of the concerts are at the Sugar Hill church, May 3rd a performance is scheduled at the LDS Church in Lithonia on May 11th perform in Duluth at the Barefoot in the Park arts festival. More information can be found at http://www.barefootinthepark.org/. Concerts at other venues are being considered and will be announced when they are scheduled. We are looking at several patriotic pieces to include at our communityconcerts in Spring 2014.
One is American Flourish by Robert W. Smith, a showcase for the concert band based upon folk songs from the American experience. These include Yankee Doodle, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, and Shenandoah. Another great arrangement is An American Spectacular, A Musical History of the United States by Chris Sharp.
A Copland Tribute was created in 1985 to honor Copland’s 85th for band by Clare Grundman provides a varied sampling of Copland’s music, including Fanfare for the Common Man, Appalachian Spring, and two dance episodes from the ballet Rodeo, Buckaroo Holiday, and Hoe-Down.
One of the movies that came out this year was “Saving Mr. Banks,” a movie that centers on the development of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios film, “Mary Poppins,” which included many memorable tunes. Ted Ricketts has provided a great arrangement of these timeless pieces from this endearing movie musical.
The band is examining other wonderful musical arrangements and will be working on many of these in the coming months. The group has many talented musicians who enjoy sharing their talents. The public is invited to all of the band’s performances.