October 25, 2013
The annual Alma College Kiltie Marching Band Indoor Show offers something for everyone with various performing groups and music genres.
The concert takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 in the Remick Heritage Center. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 years and older, and free for all Alma College staff, students and and youth 18 years or younger.
Seating for this show is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
“A wide variety of music and groups performing, plus the costumes, lighting effects and high energy, make this show fun,” says Dave Zerbe, faculty director of the marching band. “It is a concert that has a wide audience appeal.”
The program will include the band’s football pregame show, including the Alma College fight song, Alma Mater and national anthem, and its 2013 halftime production, “Redemption,” with music arranged by Alma alumni Justin Rito and Jake Finkbeiner. Selections include “Incinerate” by John Mackey, “Angel” by Sara McLachlan, the 19th century traditional hymn “Amazing Grace” and “Lauds High Praise Day.”
“The halftime show is unusual because it follows a plot,” says Hastings senior and band member Julee Campbell. “It gives all of the band members a chance to embody characters. These songs are meant to entertain and exhibit an audible struggle between light and dark.”
The program also will feature selections from “Star Wars III,” including “Voice of Reason” and “Anakin Versus Obi Wan,” all by John Williams.
“It’s a lot of fun learning the new music and being able to dress in costume for the performance,” says Saginaw senior Katie Dwenger. “The themed aspect of the program sets it apart from our other performances throughout the year.”
The 20-member Alma College Pipe Band will perform selections from its 2013 U.S. Open championship medley. The medley includes excerpts from “Salute to James Henderson,” “Burton the Rover,” “Traditional Jig,” “La Baum,” “Dundurn Castle,” “Pigeon on the Gate” and “Justice Jack’s Reel.”
“The extra practices and time that we spend together prior to the show increase camaraderie within the group,” says Andrew Duncan, bagpipe instructor and co-coordinator of Highland Arts at Alma College. “It’s rewarding for all of us to see our level of play as a group improve as we prepare for a performance.”
Ninety-four Kiltie Marching Band members will perform in the indoor concert, along with six color guard members.