Sousa Marches, Cajun Folk Songs Highlight Concert Band Performance

“This program should have something for everyone.” — Dave Zerbe

Dave Zerbe conducts the concert band. Dave Zerbe conducts the concert band.

Alma College is home to two large wind ensembles. The Kiltie Wind Ensemble and the Alma Wind and Percussion Consort will perform both traditional and contemporary wind band music in their annual spring concert.

The concert begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15 in the Remick Heritage Center, Presbyterian Hall. Tickets are $15 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.

The Kiltie Wind Ensemble will perform “The Occidental” by John Phillip Sousa, “Hymn to a Blue Hour” by John Mackey, Second Suite in F for Military Band by Gustav Holst and “Joy” by Joseph Curiale.

The Alma Wind and Percussion Consort will perform “Gavorkna Fanfare” by Jack Stamp, “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre, “The March of the Royal Trumpets” by John Phillip Sousa and “Cajun Folk Songs II” by Frank Ticheli.

“While ‘Joy’ is catchy, ‘Sleep’ and ‘Hymn to a Blue Hour’ are quite beautiful, and everyone loves a Sousa march,” says David Zerbe, director of bands. “This program should indeed have something for everyone.”

Story published on April 05, 2018