No. 4: Ashland Community Concert Band and University Concert Band to perform joint concert

The Ashland University Department of Music presents a joint concert featuring the Ashland Area Community Concert Band (AACCB) and Ashland University Concert Band, both under the direction Ashland University Director of Bands Leonard Salvo, on Sunday, May 1, at 4 p.m. at the University’s Hugo Young Theatre. The concert is free and open to the public.

The concert will begin with the Community Band performing Russell Alexander’s Colossus of Columbia, a spirited and rhythmic march representing the excitement of the circus experience, followed by Roger Cichy’s Fanfare and Salutation. Norman Dello Joio’s Satiric Dances presented in three movements will feature the brass section in a brisk tempo for the first movement, the flutes and low brass in a melancholy tune evoking thoughts of a dance in a meadow for the second movement, while the final movement will begin with a roll from the snare drum and include quick turns and dynamics promoting images of clouds, wasps and birds. The final piece performed by the Community Band is Songs of the British Isles by Albert O. Davis.

After a brief intermission, the Ashland University Concert Band will take the stage with Sergei Prokofiev’s festive March for Military Band offering bouncing vigor and celebratory cheer. Martin Ellerby’s personal tribute to the city he loves, Paris Sketches, is presented in four movements each paying homage to some part of the French capital with the unifying idea of bells used throughout the whole score.

The first movement describes the Latin Quarter of Paris with gentle sounds of church bells and birds singing in contrast to the second movement with bells portraying car horns and police sirens for an off-Broadway, jazzy and witty setting. The city’s largest cemetery creates the mood for the third movement with wistful, dreamy, romantic , gentle and nostalgic bells. The piece concludes with a fast, bursting finale depicting the old market area including triumphant and celebratory bells. Eddie Carney, junior music education major and student of Elizabeth Pastor, will be the featured pianist for one of the earliest works written for piano and wind band, Percy Grainger’s Children’s March: Over the Hills and Far Away. Following the playing of the Ashland University Alma Mater, Remember, the band will conclude its program with Robert Sheldon’s Chiaroscuro, four interconnected dance-like movements from dark and menacing, to a dreamy forest scene, then a jazz and Latin influence for the third movement and concluding with a joyous tarantella increasing in tempo for a tumultuous ending.

Established in 1993, the AACCB has become well known in the area for its musical quality and contribution to the community. In 1995 it was recognized by WCLV FM in Cleveland as one of Ohio’s finest Community Concert Bands and was the feature group on one of its radio programs. The ensemble is designed for both university students and members of the community to continue their musical study and creative activity. The Community Band rehearses at Ashland University one evening a week in the fall and spring semesters and performs a wide variety of literature from Broadway selections, classic marches to masterworks transcribed or written for concert band.

The Concert Band is Ashland’s premier instrumental organization made up of 70 students both music majors and non-majors. In the ranks of small college bands, its musical reputation is growing throughout Ohio. Stressing a high level of artistry and musicianship, the ensemble performs a variety of literature presenting three concerts and performing for campus events throughout the spring semester. In addition, the group tours each year.


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