Band Program winter concert on Tuesday, Feb. 25, to be a musical ‘odyssey’

Posted on 17 February 2014 by eestes@tusculum.edu

The Tusculum College Jazz Band will join the Concert Band and Handbell Choir for the Tusculum College Band Program’s winter concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, in the Annie Hogan Byrd Auditorium on campus.

The Tusculum College Band Program will take its audience on a musical odyssey during its winter concert on Tuesday, Feb. 25.

Music, narration and video will tell the story of Odysseus and his journey home from the battle of Troy during the concert, which will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on the Tusculum College campus. The concert is free and the public is invited.

Performing will be the Tusculum College Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir. Michael Willis, who many will remember for his recent portrayal of the Ghost of Christmas Present in Theatre-at-Tusculum’s production of “Christmas Carol,” will be the narrator for the concert, which features a variety of music representing various moods, emotions and events of Odysseus’ journey. Ryan Barker, a creative writing major from Laurens, S.C., has written a script for the performance based on the traditional stories of Odysseus, including those from Homer’s classic epic poem “Odyssey.” Sam Crowe, visiting assistant professor of digital media at Tusculum, has produced video for the concert.

Among the musical pieces performed by the Concert Band will be “Apollo Myth and Legend,” “Victor March,” “Odysseus and the Sirens,” “Inferno,” “Maelstrom,” “Firebird Suite” and a medley from “O Brother Where Art Thou.”

The Jazz Band will perform “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “I Will Always Love You” and “Never My Love,” which were among the numbers featured during its performance at the recent Valentine’s Dinner/Swing Dance at the General Morgan Inn, which benefited the band program.

The Handbell Choir will perform “Journey Home” and “Follow that Star.”

The band program began in 2010 with the formation of a pep band and has grown to include a Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Handbell Choir and various small ensembles.

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