Witches, trolls, the Loch Ness monster, Sasquatch, Quasimodo, and the constant battle of good and evil, light and dark, angels and demons. What better themes are there for a concert. Such heroism and darkness combined to make an action packed performance that will keep you on the edge of your seat. This is exactly the reaction that the Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band was trying to create in their concert Myths and Legends this last Saturday. We had a surprisingly good turn out, over 100 people attended the concert and I hope each and everyone of them enjoyed it.
On Saturday, February 25th , I performed with the Arkansas Winds Community Concert Band in the Myths and Legends concert. The concert was held at the Farmington Performing Arts Center at 7:00pm. Admission for the concert was free and open to the community as are most of the Arkansas Winds’ concerts.
The program for the concert reflected mythical stories and legendary feats from around the world including :
March of the Trolls – Edvard Grieg – arr. Brian Beck
Scheherazade – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov – arr. Jay Bocook
Fantasy for Trumpet – Claude T. Smith
~~ Keith Wood, soloist ~~
Irish Tune from County Derry – Percy Grainger
~~ Kameron Parmain, conductor ~~
March and Cortege of Bacchus – Leo Delibes – arr. Joseph Kreines
The Witch and the Saint – Steven Reineke
Field Ayres – arr. Douglas Richard
~~ Davis Campbell, Walter Ferguson, Alex Clemons, soloists ~~
Monsters of Myth – Travis J. Weller
~ I. Quasimodo
~ II. Sasquatch
~ III. Nessie
La Tregenda – Giocomo Puccini – arr. Brian Beck
My favorite piece in the program featured Winds member Keith Wood as the trumpet soloist on the Claude T. Smith composition, “Fantasy for Trumpet“, commissioned for legendary artist “Doc” Severinsen. Keith received a degree in Trumpet Performance from North Texas. He performs with Naturally Brass, the Jack Terry Big Band, Full House, the Jack Mitchell Big Band, Combo and Praise Band, the Celebration Orchestra from the First Baptist Church of Springdale, and with Ken Lake and Ernest Whitmore in the LakeWood Trio. Keith Wood is a family friend of my parents, but through Winds, he has become a great inspiration of mine. He is an amazing trumpet player and hard worker. Not only is this piece an amazing arrangement of music that is right up my alley, but it is being played by one of the most talented people I know.
I am so thankful for everyone who came out and supported me. If you’d like to keep up to date with the Arkansas Community Concert Band, please check out our schedule here.
I am sorry that I was unable to post this before the concert, But I got a little busy with the Concert Etiquette posts. I will try to post each of the concert updates a week before the event so anyone who would like to attend the concert can know a little bit about it before planning to attend.