Summit Concert Band kicks off summer season
The Summit Concert Band is revving up for its summer season by presenting its spring concert in Keystone Saturday.The concert features uplifting tunes representing different forms of dance, such as George and Ira Gershwin’s “Strike Up the Band,” Melvin Shelton’s “Western Jamboree,” the traditional Spanish folk song “La Virgen de la Macarena,” a retrospective of Scott Joplin’s works, Johannes Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 7,” Robert Sheldon’s “Welsh Ayres and Dances,” Jan Van der Roost’s “Dances of Innocence” and Robert Smith’s “Songs of Sailor and Sea.””Concert bands are perfectly suited for all forms of dance music,” said band president Lisa Knobel. “We thought these pieces covered the spectrum quite nicely.”Saturday’s concert gives the group an opportunity to perform more challenging works, while also featuring some of its talented musicians. This show features solos by Jonathan Sinclair and Tommy Taylor.”As soloist on ‘The First Breath of Spring,’ Jonathan’s beautiful performance provides a gentle nudge to awaken your soul from the depths of winter,” Knobel said. “Jonathan has been playing with us for years and always does a terrific job. He just plays beautifully.”Taylor is a retiree from Houston, Texas, who spends winters skiing. This year, he chose Summit County. He joined the concert band for Christmas caroling in Breckenridge and jazzed up a few pieces.”When I realized he was that talented, we looked for a piece to feature him in the (spring) concert,” Knobel said. “‘La Virgen de la Macarena’ is an extremely difficult piece, and Tommy has really worked hard to make it his own. As a trumpet player myself, I know I would love to perform a piece like that but just do not have the talent for it. Giving talented musicians the spotlight is important to keeping the band focused on having fun.”The entire band will complete the concert with “Jump, Jive & Wail.””While the band drives the beat, soloists will jump in to jam,” she said. “You’ll want to get in on the fun and dance in the aisles.”The Summit Concert Band originated in 1982. Since then, local woodwind, brass and percussion players have gathered to share their talents with the community. This year, Krystal Thompson, a graduate of Colorado Christian University in Denver who majored in music and English, joins the band. She hopes to become a middle school band director and plans to get her master’s degree from the University of Denver.”The Summit Concert Band is excited to work with young, talented musicians like Krystal and give them an opportunity to advance their careers,” Knobel said. “… The band is all about having fun playing music. Many of us have been playing together for years now, and we look forward to opportunities to share our passion with others.”
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