2021 Richland county high school bands

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Welcome to the Richland County High School 2021 Winter Concert featuring the Honors Wind Ensemble, the Jazz Band, & the Symphonic Band.
At this time, we ask that you place your phone on silent mode to prevent any distractions during tonight's performance.

In an effort to "go green", allow for more content, and to cut back on the cost for Richland County High School to print programs the RCHS Bands concert program is going digital! However, we know that many families would still prefer a paper copy of the program as a memento. If you would like a paper copy of tonight's concert program please fill out the form found within the link below. A paper copy will be mailed to your house within a week. https://forms.gle/JT1y2pyLR1JwuCaa9

PROGRAM NOTES - Sleepers Wake by J.S. Bach

The work is beautiful in its simplicity, showing Bach's counterpoint in its most elegant and imaginative best. Cantata 140 was written in 1731 for the 27th Sunday after Trinity (the first week of Advent) and is based on a chorale by Philipp Nicolai (1556–1608) and takes as its text the parable of the wise and foolish virgins. The fourth movement of the cantata is beautiful in its simplicity and consists of only three melodic lines: unison violins and violas play a graceful melody over the chorale tune (sung by the tenors of the choir in the original and played in this arrangement by trumpets and trombones) and a basso continuo. It is an example of Bach’s counterpoint at its elegant and imaginative best, all the more remarkable in the knowledge it was part of a frenetic cantata output, written during a period when he had grown disillusioned with his social and musical position in Leipzig. - Program Note from University of North Carolina, Greensboro, University Band concert program, 30 November 2016


Joy, and its companion piece, Joy Revisited, are the results of an experiment I (Frank Ticheli) have been wanting to try for many years: the creation of two works using the same general melodic, harmonic, and expressive content. In other words, I endeavored to compose un-identical twins, two sides of the same coin -- but with one major distinction: Joy was created with young players in mind, while Joy Revisited was aimed at more advanced players. Thus, Joy is more straightforward than its companion piece. Where Joy sounds a dominant chord (as in the upbeat to measure 10), Joy Revisited elaborates upon that chord with a flourish of 16th notes. While Joy Revisited moves faster, develops ideas further, and makes use of a wider register, Joy is more concise.

Despite these and many more differences between the two works, both come from the same essential cut of cloth. Both were composed more or less simultaneously, and both were born out of the same source of inspiration. In short, Joy and Joy Revisited serve as two expressions of the feelings experienced by one expectant father (who happens also to be a composer) on one wonderfully anxious and exciting day. - Program Note by composer

Commissioned by the Longmont High School Band, David Merrill and Darryl Abrahamson, directors.

PROGRAM NOTES - Ascending by larry clark

It is all too common for pieces to be written for the loss of members of high school bands. This is such a piece, but it is uplifting and inspiring, serving as a touching tribute to the lives lost. The piece takes the listener on a journey through the stages of grief and uses a popular hymn as the basis for this serious work by popular composer Larry Clark. - Program Note from publisher


Four short movements make up this "petite symphony" constructed in the same form as the elements of a traditional symphony: Allegro non troppo, Largo, Scherzo, and Allegro vivace. Each movement also refers to an element of nature. Movement 1, Air, is light and breathy, made up mostly of staccato notes. Water, the second movement, ripples and flows softly and gently. An homage to Holst's The Planets can be heard in Earth, the third movement. The piece concludes in an intense inferno with Fire. - Program Note by publisher.

Commissioned by Peak Music Festivals, Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.


Hosts of Freedom was penned in the year of Karl L. King’s move to Fort Dodge, Iowa, after serving as a performer and conductor of several prominent circus bands of the day. Hosts of Freedom represents a simple, effective and straightforward form that the composer used again and again during his long and productive career as a composer. The march was clearly designed to meet the needs of less experienced players while offering engaging melodies, bright counter melodies and interesting parts for all sections. Originally published in 1920, it contains much of the flavor of “the big top” and it served as a fast finale for many circus bands.

Today’s arrangement, published in 1984, was done by John P. Paynter, long time president of the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors. - Program Note from The Alabama Winds concert program, 20 December 2017

In the liner notes of the University of Michigan’s Music School album 200 Years of American Marches, Richard Crawford writes a most interesting essay on the structure of American march music. In a direct reference to Hosts of Freedom March he points out that the composer who is faced with a four-bar phrase structure must work to achieve continuity “to keep the music flowing from one section to the next despite the frequent, decisive cadences. If the main tune fills only part of a phrase, it is almost certain that a countermelody will float to the surface to fill the rest, and to push the phrase or strain on into the next ... just as jazz musicians enliven the ends of phrases.”

Circus musicians have taken advantage of this continuity and have used this march frequently since it was published in 1920. Within the last decade Hosts of Freedom has served as a fast finale for the elephant act by the circus bands with Beatty-Cole, King Brothers, Royal Hanneford, Carson and Barnes, and many others. - Program Note from Program Notes for Band

program notes - sleigh ride by leroy anderson

Sleigh Ride exists in numerous versions and is a staple of the holiday season. The idea first came to the composer during a heatwave in July 1946. The first recording occurred in 1949 with lyrics being added by Mitchell Parrish the following year. A selection of the artists who have recorded it include Herb Alpert, The Andrews Sisters, The Carpenters, Bing Crosby, The Boston Pops Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, the amazing Debbie Gibson, The Muppets, and Andy Williams.


Congratulations to those that were inducted into the Richland County High School Tri-M Honor Music Society, Chapter 8170

The members of the 2019-2020 Tri-M Honor Music Society include the following (from left to right): Kendra Jellison, Victoria Zwilling, Madison Hinderliter, Jozalyn Houser, Austin Vaughn, Garrett Wright, Kyle Rennier, Max McVicker, & Kali Hinterscher. Not included in the picture is Jase Rusk.

Tri-M Music Honor Society, formerly known as Modern Music Masters, is a high school and middle school music honor society and is a program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements and to provide leadership and service opportunities to young musicians. Each school has its own chapter, which is run by the student but supervised by an advisor or sponsor, usually a school teacher. There are approximately 6,200 participating chapters in several countries.

For more information pertaining to Tri-M Music Honor Society, visit https://www.rchsbands.net/tri-m-chapter-8170.html.

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Christopher Jones