Arkansas Winds Concert: Myths and Legends

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.

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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

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.

In Conclusion

 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.

Why You Should Join a Community Band

If you’re anything like me, school band isn’t enough for you. Many school bands spend a majority of the  year playing the same songs over and over again to prepare for one competition or one concert. But if you want more, community band is the perfect place to start. Throughout the year you will be challenged with a constant intake of new music that you will be expected to perform on stage after only a few rehearsals. This is more like how a musicians schedule is and gives you the opportunity to experience it before you even graduate high school.

Community Band

ANYONE CAN GET INVOLVED WITH A COMMUNITY BAND

If you can play an instrument proficiently, you can join a community band! It’s as simple as that. Some bands require a small audition and some require you to be All Region player, but each band is made up entirely of volunteers from all different careers who want to continue playing music. Even High School students can play in community bands. I started playing with the Arkansas Winds in 10th grade. Depending on what your local band’s guidelines are, you may have to pay dues or be asked to make a donation to contribute to the funds so that the band can continue operating. But its all worth it.

MAKING CONNECTIONS

As a high school student, playing with the local community band was a challenge at first because everyone was much older and had been playing their instruments for as long as I have been alive. I had always been first chair in my bands and playing with more experienced players pushed me to practice harder to keep up. Little did I know that these musicians would become such influential people in my life. Each and every person I have met through the Arkansas Winds have been extremely talented and generous. I have made many new friends and connections that have supported me and helped me out in my playing and my personal life.

PLAYING NEW, CHALLENGING MUSIC

My sight-reading has improved a lot since I joined The Arkansas Winds due to the constant input of new, challenging music. The first day was very intimidating. We were playing music with lots of key changes and lots of weird time signatures at very fast tempos. I could hardly keep up and thought about quitting. But every week after that it got easier and easier and now I have no problem keeping up.

PERFORMING OFTEN

My community band’s season starts in October and ends mid July. During our season we play around 8-10 concerts. Several Christmas concerts, a Fourth of July concert, and many more concerts for students and the community. Each concert has a new set of music and a new audience at a new location.

 

 

Overall, joining a community band is one of the best decisions I have made for myself and for my journey with music. Regardless if you plan to make music your career, joining a band outside of school will allow you to continue playing music. If you don’t know of a Band near you, here is a link to a list of bands by location: Check it out!  If you participate in a community band let me know how you like it and if you have any questions about Arkansas Winds  feel free to email me!

Arkansas Winds 2017 Concert Schedule

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Arkansas Winds

Arkansas Winds is a non-profit community concert band in Northwest Arkansas made up of volunteers. We perform throughout the year in our local communities bringing good music to the Northwest Arkansas area. Each of our performances is very unique and well put together by our director, Micheal Ferguson.

This year we will be performing 8 concerts including:

Date

Time

Event

Location

Monday

December 12, 2016

7:30pm

Krampus and Carols

Butterfield Trail Village

Fayetteville, AR

Sunday

December 18, 2016

3:00pm

Krampus and Carols

Farmington Performing Arts Center

Farmington, AR

Saturday

February 25, 2017

7:00pm

Myths and Legends

Farmington Performing Arts Center

Farmington, AR

Saturday

April 29, 2017

7:00pm

Music of the Stage

featuring Carmen Sanders

Farmington Performing Arts Center

Farmington, AR

Saturday

May 13, 2017

3:00pm

U of A Bumpers Commencement Pre Ceremony

Barnhill Arena

Fayetteville, AR

Tuesday

June 27, 2017

7:00pm

Red,White and Blooms

Botanical Garden of the Ozarks

Fayetteville, AR

Tuesday

July 4, 2017

8:30pm

Independence Day Celebration

Orchards Park

Bentonville, AR

Monday

July 10, 2017

7:00pm

U of A Music Camp

Fayetteville High School Performing Arts Center

Fayetteville, AR

Please feel free to visit our website here. To keep up with us and our upcoming  community band events and concerts send an email to info@arkansaswinds.org. If you are interested in joining check out our website or come to a rehearsal. We rehearse Mondays from 7:00-9:00pm at Farmington Performing Arts Center. Hope to see you at a one of our concerts! Let me know if your coming!