The Western Reserve Community Band opens its 22nd season with a spring concert March 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Hudson Middle School Auditorium. The band will perform a mixture of baroque, Broadway and big band favorites. The program has challenging and interesting music, including an arrangement of John Williams movie themes adapted for solo clarinet and concert band.
The concert begins with the four-movement Second Suite for Military Band in F Major by Gustav Holst, considered to be a staple of concert band repertoire. Next, associate Conductor Ed Wiles takes the baton for J.S. Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565. This piece was featured in the 1940 Disney film "Fantasia." The final work on the first half of the program is a six-movement arrangement of the Water Music Suite by G.F. Handel. These works by J.S. Bach and G.F. Handel are considered baroque masterpieces.
The second half will feature band member George Cyphers as clarinet soloist on Viktor’s Tale by John Williams from the movie "The Terminal" arranged for solo clarinet and concert band by Paul Lavender. Symphonic jazz is next on the program. Originally scored for symphony orchestra, Shostakovich’s Jazz Suite No. 2 is notable for the addition of saxophones. The appealing second waltz is in a light classical style and is adapted for concert band as Waltz No. 2 from Suite for Variety Stage Orchestra by James Curnow.
The final three numbers will feature a count, a duke and a king. "Tribute to Count Basie" arranged by John Moss is a medley including: All Of Me, Corner Pocket, Li’l Darlin’ and April In Paris. The Broadway show featuring Duke Ellington’s music is next with "Highlights from Sophisticated Ladies" arranged by John Cacavas. The concert concludes with "Benny Goodman: The King of Swing," a medley arranged by Paul Murtha.
Conductor Ralph Meyer founded the band in 1997. Hudson Middle School is at 77 North Oviatt Street in Hudson.
The Western Reserve Community Band has grown to more than 60 members from 19 surrounding communities. Its mission is to provide free musical entertainment and cultural enrichment to communities throughout Northeast Ohio. The band is open to all adult musicians in Summit County and the surrounding area. Weekly rehearsals are at the Hudson Middle School Band Room on Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
There are no auditions and the conductor determines seating based on ability and musical need. Membership in the band is offered to the community through the Hudson Community Education & Recreation program. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.westernreserveband.org.