Kiltie Marching Band Presents Indoor Show
Movement and multiple musical genres will highlight the annual indoor concert by Alma College's premiere performance band.
The Kiltie Marching Band presents its annual indoor show featuring music from the 1970s, Stravinsky, Star Wars III and more at 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 in the Remick Heritage Center at Alma College. Tickets are $8 for adults and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.
Although the audience might recognize music that was performed at the College's home football games, people also can expect to hear new songs and sounds at the indoor show.
"We will perform music from the halftime show as well as eight new pieces," says faculty director Dave Zerbe. "Also, by using platforms, balcony wings, the pit lift, and more, we are able to provide different elevations to the show that are not possible outdoors."
The manipulation of placement and height creates a different sound and allows the audience to "hear certain instruments that don't carry as well outdoors, like flutes and clarinets," says band member Justin Rito '08, a junior from Grosse Ile.
The first half of the program will open with the Kiltie Marching Band's Pre-Game Show, followed by "Hellbound Train" by Mark Saul, featuring bag pipers, and "Crazy," Gnarls Barkely's recent No. 1 pop charts hit, featuring the Color Guard.
The program also will take the audience back in time with "A 70's Music Show" comprising "Karn Evil 9" by Emerson, Lake and Palmer, "Shake" by the Gap Band, "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps, and "We're An American Band" by Grand Funk Railroad.
The second half of the program will begin with an arrangement of Stravinsky's "Firebird Suite," modified for marching band by Rito and Caledonia senior Jake Finkbeiner '07 -- "It's not a normal thing to play Stravinsky at this kind of show," says Rito -- followed by the percussion street cadences and John Williams' "Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith."
The Kiltie Marching Band comprises Alma College students and seven area high school students.
"These musicians are some of the most dedicated on campus," says Zerbe. "They have a strong work ethic, play and march with intensity and excellence, and are willing to take whatever time is needed to master the music and the drill."
This show will end the marching band's 84th season.
Posted: Fri, November 17th, 2006 at 3:38PM