Concert Bands Perform ‘Varied, Engaging’ Program

Music highlights include “The Machine Awakens,” “Vesuvius” and “President Garfield’s Inauguration March.”

<em>Conductor Dave Zerbe leads the Kiltie Wind Ensemble.</em> Conductor Dave Zerbe leads the Kiltie Wind Ensemble.The Alma College Kiltie Wind Ensemble and the Wind and Percussion Consort will perform music that is “varied and engaging in nature” at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 2 in the Remick Heritage Center.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 and up, and free for Alma College staff, students and youth 18 and under. Seating is reserved. Call (989) 463-7304 for ticket information.

“I listen to a fair amount of concert band music trying to find a selection of music that is varied yet works well together,” says David Zerbe, director of bands at Alma College. “Then, throughout marching band season, I analyze the strengths of the band and craft a program that highlights these strengths while still providing room for growth.

“I’m really looking forward to this concert,” he says. “Each of the pieces on the program is challenging in its own way.”

The Kiltie Wind Ensemble will perform “Lauds (High Praise Day)” by Ron Nelson, “Lux Arumque” by Eric Whitacre, “The Machine Awakes” by Steven Bryant, “President Garfield’s Inauguration March” by John Phillip Sousa and “Rush” by Samuel Hazo.

The Wind and Percussion consort will then perform “Ecstatic Fanfare” by Steven Bryant, “Band Dancing” by Jack Stamp and “Vesuvius” by Frank Ticheli.

“‘The Machine Awakes’ is the piece that stands out to me,” says Essexville sophomore Zavien Stickler. “The electronic accompaniment present in this song is fun to listen to as it is sort of a rarity in concert band.”

Story published on March 23, 2017