Spring concert by MC-Community Band is designed to please all

April 10, 2003
Written by: Bob Heintz, Band Member

In its musical celebration of spring, the Maryville College-Community Concert Band has designed a concert that is certain to appeal to a mélange of musical tastes. For lovers of things traditional, the band will play Steve Rouse’s “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and John O’Reilly’s arrangement of “A Yorkshire Fantasy.”

The concert will also showcase several of the band’s members in solo settings. Jeff Krumm will perform James Curnow’s “Fantasia for Tuba and Concert Band.” Clarinetists Ed Johnson and John Snyder will offer “Fantasy for Two Clarinets” by Lewis Buckley, and Larry Hicks, Craig Valentine, Mark Boring and maestro Larry Smithee will provide the exciting interplay of four trumpets with their performance of André Walgnein’s “Trumpet Fiesta.”

For lovers of the march, the musical mainstay for a concert band, the MCCCB will open the evening with Charles Booker’s “Crossed Sabres.” “For the Courageous,” an interesting study of moods and modes by Jared Spears and Christian Bouthier’s “Los Toreros,” a somewhat different “paso doble” march with a definite Spanish influence will also be on the program. The concert will conclude with a rousing, foot-tapping salute to America with the performance of John Philip Sousa’s inspirational composition for our nation, “The Stars and Stripes Forever.”

The concert band’s musical director and conductor is Maryville College Associate Professor of Music Dr. Larry Smithee, who founded the group in the spring of 1992. Assistant conductors Carol Bailey and Katie Wagner will share the conducting chores with Dr. Smithee for this concert. The more than 60 members of the band include working musicians, educators, high school and college students, business professionals and retirees from our local communities. Many of the musicians have been with the organization from the very beginning. The group rehearses weekly during the school year in order to perfect their stirring performances of the vast and varied repertoire for concert band.

For more information on the Maryville College-Community Concert Band, contact Dr. Smithee at 865.981.8153.

Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,198.