Crossroads Community Band to perform classic and new selections in concert

The Crossroads Community Band will perform “War Horses and More” in concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 24 in the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

“On the program, we have musical selections of some classic band literature (those are the Warhorses) combined with newer literature written for concert band (that’s the More) for this exciting concert,” said Ken Peach, CCB director.

The concert will also feature guest conductors David Edge from Victoria East High School, Joshua Partida from Victoria West High School, and retired VISD director Fred Junkin.

The band will perform:

  • “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key, arranged by Jeff Emge and Ken Peach
  • “Gavorkna Fanfare” by Jack Stamp
  • “Peacemaker March” by  K.L. King
  • “Always United, Forever Strong” by Brian Balmages
  • “Symphonic Overture” by James Barnes and conducted by Joshua Partida
  • “Abide With Me” by William Monk, arranged by Jay Dawson
  • “A Festival Prelude” by Alfred Reed, conducted by David Edge
  • “The Sinfonians” by Clifton Williams, conducted by Fred Junkin
  • “In The Center Ring” by Robert Sheldon

The 45-member Crossroads Community Band, conducted by Ken Peach, rehearses Tuesday nights in the Fine Arts Building band hall on VC’s Main Campus. The band is affiliated with Victoria College, and students may enroll in the band for VC music ensemble credit. This semester, there are 15 VC students receiving credit for their participation in the band.

Founded in 2009, the Crossroads Community Band consists of instrumentalists from all walks of life including retirees, teachers, doctors, librarians, engineers, school band directors, computer specialists, business people, students and musicians. Instruments played include tubas, trombones, trumpets, oboes, bassoons, clarinets, euphoniums, French Horns, flutes, saxophones and percussion.

The next scheduled concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 in the Victoria Fine Arts Center, 1002 Sam Houston Drive.

The Welder Center is located at 214 N. Main St. in historic downtown Victoria.

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Published: Friday, 20 March 2015

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