Bands Show Off New Instruments in Spring Concert

“This program includes everything from the fun ’76 Trombones’ march to the slower evocative styling of ‘Sheltering Sky.’”— David Zerbe

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The Alma College Kiltie Wind Ensemble and Wind and Percussion Consort will perform lively marches and more evocative tunes during their annual spring concert.

Performance time is 3 p.m. Sunday, April 7 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 play “American Overture” by Joseph Jenkins, “Pageant” by Vincent Persichetti, “October” by Eric Whitacre and “76 Trombones” from the 1957 musical “The Music Man” written by Meredith Wilson.

“Through the Kiltie Bands and Percussion Ensemble Giving Circle we were able to purchase several instruments this year,” says director David Zerbe. “Among them were six new piccolos and several trombones. I programmed ’76 Trombones’ because it’s fun to play and there is no better piece to feature those instruments.”

The 39-member Wind and Percussion Consort will perform during the second half of the concert. Selections include “Pacific Fanfare” by Frank Ticheli, “Sheltering Sky” by John Mackey and “An Outdoor Overture” by Aaron Copland.

“’Pacific Fanfare’ should be especially interesting to the audience,” says Zerbe. “The band is set up into three choirs—a woodwind choir in the center and a brass choir on either side. This allows for a lot of antiphonal things to be passed back and forth across the group and the making of a really cool piece.

“I always try to build a program that has something everyone can enjoy,” says Zerbe. “This program includes everything from the fun ’76 Trombone’ march to the slower evocative styling of ‘Sheltering Sky.’ All together these works should provide a good concert.”

Story published on March 21, 2019