Band, chorus and choir join forces for April 28 concert

Crossroads Community Band

Area music lovers can hear instruments and voices in the season finale Music for Band and Chorus concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 at the Victoria Fine Arts Center. The Crossroads Community Band, Victoria Civic Chorus and Victoria College Choir will perform in this concert, which is free and open to the public.

“It was a natural thing to join musical forces,” said Ken Peach, Crossroads Community Band director. “We all have community members in our respective groups with both Victoria College and VISD students engaged.”

Peach said he approached Dr. Marylynn Fletcher, VC music professor and director of the Victoria Civic Chorus and Victoria College Choir, last year about performing a joint band and choir concert. She agreed and “it developed from there,” he added.

The concert will feature several favorite numbers from “The Sound of Music” on its 50th anniversary. While the musical doesn’t have an official arrangement of both band and choir, the two groups will combine the two for “The Sound of Music” numbers, the director said.

“We’re doing everything from traditional marches to musical and film scores,” said Peach, who also serves as VISD Fine Arts director. “We would love everyone to come out and enjoy a great evening of music.”

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 band’s next concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 in Ethel Lee Tracy Park.

The Victoria Civic Chorus is a nonprofit organization of singers from Victoria and surrounding communities started in the 1940’s by the Victoria Music Club. Its members are teachers, librarians, chemical engineers, plant workers and individuals of many professions who enjoy singing in choirs. The chorus performs concerts in Victoria and surrounding communities and rehearses on Thursday evenings in the Victoria College Choir Room on VC’s Main Campus.

The Victoria Fine Arts Center is located at 1002 Sam Houston Drive in Victoria.

For more information, visit or call Dr. Marylynn Fletcher at (361) 572-6425 or email

The Crossroads Community Band will perform:

  • “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key, arranged by Jeff Emge and Ken Peach
  • “Tour de Force” by Robert Jager
  • “West Side Story” by Leonard Bernstein, arranged by W.J. Duthoit
  • “Lullaby” by Randall Standridge
  • “Take Me There” by Willord Simmons, a Victoria East High School graduating senior
  • “Tripoli” by A. D’Anna, arranged by Ross Hastings

The VC Choraliers, a VC Choir ensemble, will present highlights from the musical “Chicago” by John Kander, arranged by Teena Chinn, and performed by Olivia Cheesman, Betsy Gifford, Iris Quintero and Chelsey Sanders.

The Victoria Civic Chorus and Victoria College Choir will perform “The Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves” from the opera “Nabucco,” by Giuseppe Verdi, and “The Anvil Chorus” from the opera “Il trovatore,” by Giuseppe Verdi.

The instrumental and choral groups will join forces and perform:

  • A Gershwin melody by George Gershwin, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett
  • Favorite songs from “The Sound of Music,” by Richard Rodgers, arranged by Robert Russell Bennett
  • “From Sea to Shining Sea” by Samuel A. Ward, paraphrased by Maurice C. Whitney
  • “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” by John Philip Sousa, arranged by Paul Yoder


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Published: Saturday, 25 April 2015

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