Crossroads Community Band to dedicate March 28 performance to two former members
Ken Peach

The Crossroads Community Band will present “Ruckus: An Uproar of Music!” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28 at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts.

The free event will be dedicated to two former members of the Crossroads Community Band, Fred Junkin (clarinet) and Dan Smith (clarinet and saxophone), who passed away this month.

“Fred and Dan left a huge impact on the musical community in Victoria,” said Victoria Independent School District Director of Fine Arts Kenneth Peach, who will codirect the performance with Patti Welder Middle School Director of Bands Debbie Colley. “We welcome the community to join us for an evening of wonderful music and a chance to pay tribute to a pair of the most talented and beloved gentlemen that the band has ever had a privilege to know.”

The selection of tunes will include “At a Dixieland Funeral” by Joseph Jenkins, “Arrows” and “Southern Hymn” by Samuel R. Hazo, “Corcoran Cadets March” by John Philip Sousa, “Encanto” by Robert W. Smith, “Laredo” by Clifton Williams, “Light Cavalry Overture” by Franz von Suppe, “Mt. Everest” by Rossano Galante, “Pas Redouble” by Camille Saint-Saens, “Screamer! Circus Marches” arranged by Douglas Wagner and “Vertigo” by Chris M. Bernotas.

The Crossroads Community Band is affiliated with Victoria College and VC students may perform in the band for music ensemble credit. This semester, there are 10 Victoria College 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 Leo J. Welder Center is located at 214 N. Main Street in Victoria.                                          

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Debbie Colley
Published: Wednesday, 22 March 2017

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