The Symphonic Band’s 32nd Annual Scholarship Concert, showcases the extraordinary talents of our young students from the local area as well as those of experienced Symphonic Band members. This year’s program features over a dozen Symphonic Band musicians in varied roles.
Beginning with the familiar, Lynn University student Marianela Cordoba will perform the popular Trumpeter’s Lullaby, conducted by band president Laurie Brisson, while saxophonist Richard Rogers, who has frequently helped Music Director Mark Humphreys on the podium, will conduct Reinhold Gliere’s boisterous Russian Sailors’ Dance.
From there, the featured performances get a bit more off the beaten path. Mary Johnson and Trina Watts, two veteran members of the Symphonic Band, will perform Franz Doppler’s Duettino for 2 flutes and band, conducted by fellow flautist (and occasional string bassist) Clifford Fritts. Student oboists Adrian Gonzalez from the Dreyfoos School and Karen Trujillo, an 8th grader at Bak Middle School, will perform the haunting Gabriel’s Oboe from Ennio Morricone’s score to The Mission. The piece was arranged by Max McMillan of our tuba section. Sarah Barden, a senior at Dreyfoos, will play Claude Debussey’s Syrinx for flute, while French hornist Shaun Murray, also a senior at Dreyfoos, will complete the evening’s solo lineup with Camille Saint-Saens’ Morceau de Concert.
Given the substantial number of Symphonic Band musicians who serve as music educators and school band directors in our area, it’s no wonder that three more of them will step to the podium to conduct some of the most challenging pieces on the program. Percussionist Jordan Giglio, by day the band director at North Grade Elementary, will conduct Tchaikovsky’s lively Dance of the Jesters, composed as incidental music for his ballet The Snow Maiden. Livelier still…breakneck speed, actually…describes Sam Hazo’s Ride, to be conducted by former Jupiter Elementary band director Irene Smith. The work depicts a harrowing car trip through the Pennsylvania hills, as the composer attempted to follow his mentor home for dinner…not knowing ahead of time that his teacher had a severe case of lead foot! At the other end of the tempo spectrum, Symphonic Band newcomer Randolph Smith, music teacher at Imagine Chancellor School, will conduct Steven Bryant’s 2004 composition Dusk, which portrays a breathtaking sunset over the New Mexico desert.