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Appalachian Youth Wind Ensemble Performs Dec. 13

BOONE–The Appalachian Youth Wind Ensemble performs Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall. Admission is free.

Now in its second year, the wind ensemble is comprised of high school students from northwestern and central North Carolina and east Tennessee. The students are nominated by their high school band directors and audition for the ensemble before Hayes School of Music faculty. Its founder and director is Scott Tobias, associate director of bands at Appalachian.

The concert begins with Steven Reineke’s “Rise of the Firebird,” a fanfare for winds and percussion. Percy Grainger’s “Ye Banks and Braes O’Bonnie Doon” was originally written for men’s chorus and whistlers. Grainger composed more than 1,200 works and arrangements. Many of his compositions are cornerstones of band repertoire.

Alex Lithgow’s “Invercargill” was rejected in 1909 by the Edward Lyons Music Publishing Company as “not worth publishing.” The march became a commercial success and remains popular with bands and audiences, alike.

“Lord Guard and Guide (The Men Who Fly)” was commissioned by Scott Air Force Base’s Military Airlift Command Band. Robert Jaeger based the composition on the hymn “Quebec,” which is the source of the melody for the U.S. Air Force hymn.

Philip Sparke’s “Merry-Go-Round” was commissioned in 2001 by Lesquin, France, for an annual band competition. The piece is a mini concerto for band that features each section of the ensemble.

For more information about Hayes School of Music concerts, call (828) 262-3020 or visit