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Sunday, March 14, 2010


March 06, 2010

Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Community Concert Band's annual "Lightweight Concert" is being renamed this year. Its new name is now the XTRATUF CONCERT. Conducted by Roy McPherson, the band is ready to present you with a combination of excellent musical arrangements with some surprises. Two pair of XTRATUF boots, donated by North Safety Products and Tongass Trading Company, will also be given away in a drawing.

The performance will open with our state song, "Alaska's Flag" augmented by voices from the Ketchikan Community Choir led by Steve Kinney. Next is "Olympiada", opening with an Olympic-style fanfare, and written in an attempt to capture the feelings of intense glory and pain that are inspired by the Olympic Games. "Footprints" is a new piece written by Matthew Sexton, the University of Florida band symphonic band conductor. It features horn player, Mary Kurth, our Schoenbar Middle School music director.

Gershwin fans will enjoy " I Got Rhythm", " 'S Wonderful", "Fascinating Rhythm", "Rhapsody In Blue" and other recognizable songs in "A Tribute to Gershwin". William Latham wrote "Brighton Beach" in 1954, and it is one of his most popular marches and one of the band's favorites.

James Swearingen's lyrical "Follow the River" will be followed by "The Golden Age of Rock and Roll" which includes "At the Hop", "Runaround Sue" and "Little Darling".

Mike Kurth, Mike Moyer, Rob Alley and Bill Urquhart will be featured pipers on "Highland Cathedral", a piece written specifically for bagpipes and concert band.

After the 11.5 minute intermission, the band will perform "Mountain Dance", a piece inspired by North Carolina bluegrass musicians,including arrangements of "Cluck Old Hen", "Poor Polly" and "Sourwood Mountain".

"Holy Buckets, Batman - Superman's Back!" in the "Superman Returns" medley including "Can You Read My Mind?" and "Memories" along with the "Superman Theme".

Who is "Scattered Sunshine"? Ketchikan's own trombone choir started rehearsing weekly in July of 2009, and has performed at the Monthly Grind, and Schoenbar and Houghtaling schools. This spring they plan a "tour" to other schools in the district. Members are Stan Aegerter, Ralph Beardsworth, Dwayne Clary, Rob Holston, Wayne Houtcooper, Roy McPherson, Tina McPherson, Eddie Snodderly and Don Struthers. They will perform "Charlottown" and "Snoozer Serenade" both arranged by member, Roy McPherson.

Inspired by dance movements found in comtemporary stage, ballet and theatrical productions, "Choreography" employs lyrical style and rhythmical punctuation in an exciting arrangement for players and listeners alike. Following is "Salute to American Jazz", a challenging medley arranged by the great composer/arranger Sammy Nestico. You'll recognize tunes such as "St. Louis Blues", "Night in Tunisia", "It Don't Mean a Thing", and "Birdland".

The concert will conclude with one of the band's favorite marches, "Marcho Poco" composed by Donald Moore.

There might even be an unforgetable surprise "encore' .

The Ketchikan Community Concert Band invites the community to join them on Sunday, March 14th at 3:04 p.m. at the Kayhi Auditorium for an afternoon of music and fun. Students under 18 are FREE, and adults are $ 10.00.

Tickets are available at McPherson Music, the Arts Council, Parnassus and from KCCB band members.



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