Classics from a variety of musical styles will be featured in the Spring Concert of the Tusculum College Band Program on Thursday, May 1.
The Tusculum College Concert Band, Jazz Band and Handbell Choir will be featured in the concert, which begins at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Annie Hogan Byrd Fine Arts Building on campus. The concert is free and open to the public.
One of Mozart’s most recognizable pieces, “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” will be performed by the Concert Band as well as Dvorak’s “Slavonic Dance #1” and “National Emblem,” Edwin Eugene Bagley’s most famous march. The Concert Band will also be performing Leroy Anderson’s “Blue Tango” and Robert Smith’s “Legend of the Queen Anne’s Revenge,” based on the tale of the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
The Jazz Band, which played earlier this month at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center preview party, will perform such standards as Cole Porter’s “Night and Day,” Earle Hagen’s “Harlem Nocturne,” Sammy Nestico’s “Quiet Breaker and “Little Liza Jane,” one of the classics of the New Orleans brass band tradition. Guest vocalist Amy Saxonmeyer will join the Jazz Band during the performance.
The Handbell Choir’s repertoire for the concert varies from the “Wizard of Oz” favorite, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” to the classic rock anthem “Stairway to Heaven” to a recent pop favorite, “You Raise Me Up.”
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.