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Appalachian’s Concert Band Performs Dec. 3

BOONE–The Concert Band at Appalachian State University presents a concert based on hymns, marches and fanfares Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

Conducted by Scott Tobias, associate director of bands at Appalachian, and graduate student Julie Snyder, the band begins the program with Jan van der Roost’s “Flashing Winds.”

Jack Stamp’s “Chorale Prelude: Be Thou My Vision” is a hymn dedicated to friends who direct symphonic bands.

“The Black Horse Troop March” was composed by John Philip Sousa.

An avid sportsman, Sousa loved horses. The piece was dedicated to the Cleveland National Guard’s Troop A. When the work was premiered in 1925, troopers rode their black horses on stage with the band.

Alfred Reed wrote “The Music-Makers” for the Spencerport High School Wind Ensemble. It was inspired by a quotation from an Arthur O’Shaughnessy poem that describes music makers as the dreamers of dreams, the movers and shakers.

“Fanfare and Hymn of Brotherhood” features two original hymns interspersed with fanfares. Jay Bocook wrote the music for Gamma Eta Chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music society and the Furman University Symphonic Band.

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