MOUNT VERNON — Music is in the air, and the entire community is invited to a free performance by the all-county schools band on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Memorial Theater in Mount Vernon.
Band members from Centerburg, Danville, East Knox, Fredericktown and Mount Vernon will present selections including the lively “Slavonic Dance No. 8” by Antonin Dvorak, the mixed meter and lyrical sound of “Declaration Overture” by Claude Smith, the fanfare of “Flourish For Wind Band” by Vaughn Williams, the reflective “On A Hymnsong of Phillip Bliss” by David Holsinger and the driving rhythms of “Repercussions” by Robert W. Smith.
“It is an honors band so the music is a little more challenging than what they are used to,” said Centerburg band director Richard Cooper. “None of the music selected is beyond their skill level. They will be able to meet expectations and in some cases exceed them as well.”
The selection of players in the honors band was based on [band] teacher recommendations, and the young musicians are looking forward to the performance
“This is something my students love to do,” said Cooper. “ They have a great time meeting new people, working together to create a new ‘product’ and learning new techniques to help improve their musicianship skills.”
Christie Cochran, Danville’s band director said, “We’re excited to be able to take the top musicians in the county, allow them to get to know each other, and make music together! It will also be nice for the students to play on the stage of our beautiful Memorial Theater.”
“I know our students are excited to be part of an honors band that features musicians from our own county,” said Mount Vernon band director Andy Sundman. “Many of the students know each other and are excited to perform with their friends from other schools. I think this will be a great experience for not only our students but our county’s music programs.”
“On top of that,” said Jerod Smith, Fredericktown band director, “the more conductors you play under as a young musician, the more well-rounded your concert band experience becomes. I am looking forward to seeing how it all falls in to place.
Cooper concluded, “Overall this is an exciting opportunity for all of the Knox County school music departments to come together and create wonderful music. It is the first time in a long time that we are going to be able to collaborate with our colleagues to help our students become even more successful than they already are. I am very pleased, excited, and thankful that we are able to provide our students with this experience.”
The performance is made possible by donations from Elaine Ostrander and the Community Concert Association of Knox County.
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