The Baylor University Concert Band will present its annual winter program on Sunday afternoon, February 19, beginning at 3:00 in Jones Concert Hall, which is located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building. This ensemble of woodwind, brass, and percussion players is led by Baylor’s Assistant Director of Bands, Philip Obado. Student conductors will be Benjamin Alaniz and Daniel Malacon.
Opening the concert will be David Maslanka’s fanfare Mother Earth, composed in 2003 for the South Dearborn High School Band of Aurora, Indiana, and its conductor, Brian Silvey.
Brian Balmages wrote Rippling Watercolors in 2015. This lyrical work explores the extensive colors, harmonies, and emotional ranges available to wind bands.
John Philip Sousa completed Black Horse Troop on December 30, 1924, at his estate at Sands Point, Long Island. It was played for the first time about ten months later on October 17, 1925, at a concert of the Sousa Band in the Public Auditorium, Cleveland, Ohio. According to bandmaster Frederick Fennell (who was at the premiere) “as Sousa’s march was being played, Troop A rode the stage and stood behind the band to the tumultuous cheering of all.”
Next, the Concert Band will play a set of two works by Percy Grainger. His Australian Up-Country Tune originated as a choral piece 1928. It was first sung at the Hollywood Bowl on August 9, 1928, during Percy Grainger’s post-concert wedding to Ella Viola Strom. Country Gardens is an English folk tune (a dance version of “The Vicar of Bray”) that Grainger often played during his World War I tours as a concert pianist for the U. S. Army.
Alfred Reed’s El Camino Real was commissioned by the 581st Air Force Band. Completed in early 1985, it bears the subtitle of “A Latin Fantasy.” The first public performance took place on April 15, 1985, in Sarasota, Florida.
This concert is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, call the Baylor University School of Music at 254-710-3991.