Ketchikan Community Concert
Band: A Celebration
of Alaska's Fifty Years Of Statehood
Friday, May 22, 2009
May 21, 2009
Ketchikan, Alaska - The Ketchikan Community Concert Band will
highlight Alaska's 50 years of statehood by opening the concert
on Friday with "Alaska's Flag." Other Alaska-themed
songs include "The Forty-Ninth Star Concert March"
and "Great Land," which was written by local composer,
Allen Larsen, and dedicated to his friend, Shawn Sande. This
piece was first performed at Larsen's alma mater, Tulane University,
and later at the Southeast Alaska Music Festival by the Ketchikan
High School Wind Ensemble.
Jolene Pflaum will
be the featured trombone soloist in Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's
"Concerto for Trombone and Band".
Photograph courtesy McPherson's Music
Other compositions reminiscent of the Alaskan life-style include
"The Sea Treaders" by W. Francis McBeth, and "Tales
of Sea and Sail" by Larry Neeck. "The Sea Treaders"
was commissioned in 1995 by the US Naval Academy Band for their
150th Anniversary and "Tales of Sea and Sail" is based
on sea chanteys from the 1800's such as "Shenandoah"
and "Blow The Man Down."
As a tribute to the United
States Coast Guard, the band will perform "Semper Paratus,"
the official Coast Guard march, written by Captain Francis Saltus
Van Boskerck in Unalaska in1927.
Jolene Pflaum will be the featured trombone soloist in Nikolai
Rimsky-Korsakov's "Concerto for Trombone and Band,"
written in three movements. This was a forgotten manuscript discovered
in Russia in 1951, and is now one of the most popular works for
trombone. A senior at Ketchikan High School, Pflaum is a very
accomplished musician, and has been very involved in the Ketchikan
music scene for many years. She has played in the Southeast Alaska
and State Honor Bands, and is planning to attend the University
of Idaho to pursue veterinary medicine. She will also be playing
the tuba in the other pieces performed by the band.
"The Girl with the Flaxen Hair" by Claude Debussy is
a beautiful arrangement done by Philip Sparke. "Sure On
This Shining Night", a Samuel Barber composition is arranged
in a very expressive and lyrical style by Richard Saucedo. Both
of these pieces by classical music composers, are arranged for
concert band in an orchestral style, highlighting the sonorous
sounds of the modern concert band.
Favorites such as "Love Me Tender," "Don't Be
Cruel," and "Heartbreak Hotel" will be featured
in the medley, "A Tribute to Elvis" arranged by James
The classic patriotic "America, the Beautiful" by Samuel
Ward and artfully arranged by Carmen Dragon, will be the concert's
Support your local community band and honor the great State of
Alaska by attending the concert at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22nd
at the Ketchikan High School Auditorium. Tickets are $ 10.00
for adults and youth under 18 are free. Contact McPherson Music
at 225-3650 for more information.
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