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Flourish For Wind Band - Ralph Vaughn Williams
"This short work (only about 90 seconds long) was scored for military band with numerous clarinets, cornets, saxophones, euphoniums and timpani. Having been written as an overture to a pageant in the Royal Albert Hall, the score was then lost -- only to reappear in 1971. Upon its discovery the work was adapted twice by Roy Douglas -- first for brass band and then for symphony orchestra. The orchestral version is scored for wind instruments, together with double basses, timpani and percussion. This version had its first performance by the Tunbridge Wells Symphony Orchestra in 1974. The original and the adaptations have all been published by Oxford University Press, although no recordings are known."
March of the Belgian Paratroopers
Pierre Leemans/arr. James Swearingen
While he was serving his year of military duty at the end of World War I, Leemans's regimental commander asked him to compose a march; it was begun but never finished. Near the end of World War II he was having dinner with a group of paratroopers and was again asked to compose a march. As the group commander, Maj. Timmerman, drove him home that night, the march theme came to mind, and he wrote out all of the parts after reaching home.
The trio of the march originated from a march written for an N.I.R. radio contest. After only winning the consolation prize, the march was abandoned and is known with the competition designation V. A quiet, unaggressive essay in the easy-paced European style, it is set in the form of a “patrol”; the music marches on from the distance, plays, and passes.
Friends told Leemans later that they had heard the march at a circus in France, a wedding in India, and a military music pageant in the United States.
Ignition - Todd Stalter
Ignition is a blindingly fast, raucously energetic concert opener that derives its title from the consecutive rising three-note cells that are the building blocks for almost the entire work. However, the energy unleashed in the music and the imagery of the title serve both as a metaphor for the "spark" of creativity, and as a "celebration in sound" for those who find and follow their own true life’s passion and pass it along to others, "igniting" the flame for another generation.
Our Cast Aways
6.5 million companion animals enter animal shelters every year and 2.4 million of these adoptable animals are put down. These numbers do not include the thousands who suffer in silence. Thanks to thousands of caring people, these numbers are steadily decreasing but we still have a long way to go. This work is dedicated to all all those who work hard in the fight to end puppy mills, to rescue suffering pets and to provide care and medical attention to all those rescued. It is dedicated to those companions who get rescued and for those whose rescue never comes.
We are all shepherds. Every living creature is in our care. Hopefully mankind will someday uphold his responsibility and become caretaker of all living things on earth. Maybe some day all humans will be humane and mankind will be kind.
March Diabolique Brian Balmages
Marche Diabolique borrows elements of the traditional concert march and sets them within a contemporary framework to create a work that can actually function as a march or as a main concert piece. The work makes extensive use of the tritone. Surrounding the tritone is an expansive, dark harmonic language. Marked “menacing and deliberate,” the music comes across as direct and almost somewhat invasive. The opening rhythm in the clarinets becomes the foundation of the entire work and remains somewhat constant while material around it continuously evolves.
Marche Diabolique was commissioned by the North Carolina Bandmasters Association Eastern District for the 2014 All-District Middle School Symphonic Band.
Third Suite - Robert Jager
Movement III - "Rondo"
The Third Suite was written for Mr. Leo Imperial, director of the Granby High School Band of Norfolk, Virginia, and dedicated to him and his very fine organization. The suite received its first performance by them in December 1965 from manuscript.
Each movement depicts a quirky, slightly distorted, and cheerful melody that is developed throughout the movement. The first movement is a march which is altered rhythmically by the use of alternating meter signatures. The second movement is a waltz which continues the meter alteration idea and features oboe, flute, bassoon, and brass sections. The final movement, Rondo, develops the entire movement based on the first five chords played in the introduction. It is full of fun and bright tunes which are developed near the end followed by a quick coda stating the main theme once again. The Rondo is upbeat, playful, and energetic.
An American Elegy - Frank Ticheli
An American Elegy is, above all, an expression of hope. It was composed in memory of those who lost their lives at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, and to honor the survivors. It is offered as a tribute to their great strength and courage in the face of a terrible tragedy. I hope the work can also serve as one reminder of how fragile and precious life is and how intimately connected we all are as human beings.
I was moved and honored by this commission invitation, and deeply inspired by the circumstances surrounding it. Rarely has a work revealed itself to me with such powerful speed and clarity. The first eight bars of the main melody came to me fully formed in a dream. Virtually every element of the work was discovered within the span of about two weeks. The remainder of my time was spent refining, developing, and orchestrating.
The work begins at the bottom of the ensemble's register, and ascends gradually to a heartfelt cry of hope. The main theme that follows, stated by the horns, reveals a more lyrical, serene side of the piece. A second theme, based on a simple repeated harmonic pattern, suggests yet another, more poignant mood. These three moods - hope, serenity, and sadness - become intertwined throughout the work, defining its complex expressive character. A four-part canon builds to a climactic quotation of the Columbine Alma Mater. The music recedes, and an offstage trumpeter is heard, suggesting a celestial voice - a heavenly message. The full ensemble returns with a final, exalted statement of the main theme.
April 20, 2019 marks the 20th year anniversary of the school shootings at Columbine High School and we play this piece to remember the ones who lost their lives and to honor the survivors of one of the darkest days in our country's history. We also play this as a reminder to ourselves to value each other and never take a moment for granted.
Abram's Pursuit - David Holsinger
In the fourteenth chapter of Genesis there is a story of a rebellion led by Chedorlaomer, the King of Elam. Chedorlaomer and three other Kings joined together to ravage and conquer everything that lay in their path. They were met in battle at the Valley of Siddim (the Salt Sea) by an army mustered from the forces of the King of Sodom, the King of Gomorrah (pre-destruction days, of course...), the King of Admah, the King of Zebolim, and the King of Bela. Unfortunately this opposition army was not a match for Chedorlaomer, and each of these city-kingdoms, including Sodom and Gomorrah, were overrun. Chedorlaomer's forces, as was the custom, pillaged and fled with all the goods and provisions of the cities. Unfortunately for Chedorlaomer, his men also kidnapped Lot, Abram's brother's son. This, of course, is the same Abram who later became Abraham, Father of the Jewish Nation, and a very close friend of God. (In retrospect, this was probably Chedorlaomer's "not-so-bright" decision of the campaign!)
When Abram heard that Lot was taken captive, his armed three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born of his house went in pursuit of the invaders. With his small contingent, he divided his forces against the kings, attacked, and routed Chedorlaomer's entire army, recovering Lot and his goods, as well as all the women and people who had been kidnapped during the conquest.
Selections from "Les Miserables" - Warren Baker
Based on a classic novel by Victor Hugo, Les Mis opened in Paris in 1980, and five years later in London where it became the longest-running musical in West End history. The novel begins in 1815 and culminates in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris. It follows the lives and interactions of several characters, focusing on the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption. The 2012 movie has brought renewed popularity. This masterful medley includes: “At the End of the Day,” “I Dreamed a Dream,” “Master of the House,” “On My Own” and “Do You Hear the People Sing?”
Credits: French co-lyricist Alain Boublil (b. 1941) was born in Tunisia to a Sephardic Jewish family. He is known for his collaborations with music composer Claude-Michel Schönberg. Schönberg (b. 1944) was born to Hungarian parents who repaired organs and tuned pianos; he gained fame as a record producer, actor, singer, songwriter, and musical theatre composer. Lyricist Herbert Kretzmer (b. 1925) wrote the English-language musical adaptation; he was born in South Africa to Lithuanian immigrants who fled the pogroms of Czarist Russia. French co-lyricist Jean-Marc Natel (b. 1942) is a poet and songwriter.
Warren Barker (1923-2006) arranged this music. Educated at UCLA, Mr. Barker was an American composer for film, radio, television and Las Vegas clubs. He composed the incidental music for the hit 1960s TV series Bewitched and he composed and arranged numerous pieces for concert band.
SHINE - Julie Giroux
This is a programmatic work telling a tale which starts in the dark times of prohibition and ends in a flurry of back-roads-running, cop-evading, bootlegging moonshiners. Exciting and picturesque, the score is brought to life with dramatic musical descriptions as well as unique instrumentations. In addition to two different washboards being used, the timpani is also struck with unusual sticks creating an eerie, southern and hillbilly texture.
Drum Major / Trombone
Parents: Lindsey Coleman & Paul White
Band Co-Captain, All-County Band, All-East Senior Clinic, 2019 Winter Guard Co-Captain and WGI World Championship Semi-Finalist, Chattanooga Youth Symphony 2 years. Member of NHS, Beta Club, Student Senate, Student Leadership Youth Summit. Attended Governor's School for Prospective Teaching. Hope Scholarship.
Plans to attend University of Tennessee Knoxville and major in Music Education. Olivia will be a member of the Pride of the Southland Band in the fall.
Parents: Robert and Eloise Brockett
All-East Blue Band 3 years, Tennessee Tech Honor Band 2 years, 1st Chair All-County Wind Ensemble, Section Leader of Baritone Section. Member of NHS, Vice-President of Beta Club, Top 10%. Volunteer Scholarship, Distinguished Tennessean, General Assembly Merit Scholarship, Hope Scholarship and Band Stipend.
Plans to attend University of Tennessee Knoxville and major in Biology with a minor in Music. Melissa will be a member of the Pride of the Southland Band in the fall.
Mellophone / French Horn
Parents: Tim and Catherine Chavers
Played with U.S. Navy Band, Section Leader of the Horn Section. Provosts Scholarship, Hope Scholarship, McDonald's Employee Scholarship
Plans to attend University of Tennessee Chattanooga and major in Computer Science in the fall.
Parents: Rebekah Palmer, Raymond Palmer, Mark Cofer, Amanda Cofer
Guard Co-Captain, Winter Guard Co-Captain, 2017 WGI Knoxville Regional Champion, 3 time WGI Finalist, WGI World Championship Semi-Finalist. Member of Beta Club. MOCS Scholarship.
Plans to attend University of Tennessee Chattanooga and major in Computer Science in the fall.
Parents: Ashley and Luke Gibson
Guard Co-Captain, 4 year member of the Fall Guard, 3 year member of the winter guard. 2017 WGI Knoxville Regional Champion. WGI Regional Finalist. Senior Student Ambassador, Beta Club, Student Senate.
Plans to attend University of Tennessee Chattanooga and major in Nursing in the fall.
Percussion / Bass Clarinet
Parents: Mel and Elizabeth Newby
Front Ensemble Captain, Principal Bass Clarinet Wind Ensemble 4 years. Top 10%. $42,000 worth of academic scholarships from Western Kentucky University
Plans to attend Western Kentucky University and major in Psychology in the fall.
Drum Major / Flute
Parents: Robby and Carly Pearson
Drum Major 2018, Wind Ensemble. National Honor Society, Beta Club. Hope Scholarship
Plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University and major in Elementary Education. Abby will be a member of the Blue Raider Marching Band in the fall.
Parents: Alan and Melody Rogers
Band Captain, 4 year Band member, Wind Ensemble 2 years, Played with U.S. Navy Band, Trumpet Section Leader, Principal Trumpet Wind Ensemble. Most Likely to Brighten Your Day Superlative. Hope Scholarship, UTC Mocs Scholarship
Plans to attend University of Tennessee Chattanooga and major in Communications in the fall.
Parents: Ron and Christine Sloop
Guard Co-Captain, Winter Guard Co-Captain, 2017 WGI Knoxville Regional Champion, 3 time WGI Finalist, WGI World Championship Semi-Finalist. President of Beta Club, NHS, multiple academic awards. Presidential Scholarship and Hope Scholarship.
Plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University and major in Psychology in the fall.
Parents: John and Christy Wells
Guard Co-Captain, Band Prayer Circle Leader, 2017 WGI Knoxville Regional Champion, 3 time WGI Regional Finalist, WGI World Championship Semi-Finalist. FCCLA, Prom Committee, Beta Club, Student Senate. Odom Family Perspective Student Scholarship.
Plans to attend Tennessee Technological University and major in Exercise Science in the fall.