The Symphonic Wind Ensemble will perform with the local Heart of Texas Concert Band at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, in Ruth Taylor Recital Hall. The Heart of Texas Concert Band, a community band directed by Mark Rogers will open the night’s performance.
“While university bands have a mission, community bands are a throwback to how it used to be. They perform to entertain the audience,” said Jim Worman, associate professor of music and director of the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
Each concert by the Symphonic Wind Ensemble has a different theme, which makes it different for both the band members and returning audience.
“My favorite part is the variety of repertoire that I have played since joining a year and a half ago. We put on multiple concerts per year, and each concert has distinctly different and fun repertoire,” said Lauren York, sophomore band member. “I’d say [the repertoire for this concert] is spunky and programmatic. It will definitely be enjoyable for the audience both aurally and aesthetically.”
Including a song written for a bank opening in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the pieces performed will portray images and moods from past time periods in America.
“When I first agreed to split the concert I wanted to find repertoire that related to community bands and about celebrations. Each piece captures a slice of history and a piece of Americana”¦They are very nostalgic and take you to a different time,” Worman said.
The images and humorous nature of “Tulsa” by composer Don Gillis could make it an audience favorite.
“I like the piece about Tulsa because it represents Oklahoma very well and pokes fun of it in a way” said Miriam Lavenda, junior ensemble member.
“[“˜Tulsa’ features] lots of big, beautiful moments as well as technical ones. I think it will be an audience favorite,” York said.
For this concert, senior music education major Steven Dillard will conduct the band for one piece, “Pageant,” by Vincent Persichetti.
“It’s been interesting to have someone other than our band conductor lead us. It has been a learning experience for him, and for us learning to follow someone new,” Lavenda said.
Among scheduling challenges, the piece “Glorious Day” by Albert Roussel proved to be an unexpected challenge this semester.
“[Glorious Day] has been a technical challenge. It speaks of a different era so there are stylistic challenges that were unexpected,” Worman said.
In anticipation of a large audience, the music department will be putting chairs in the lobby outside of Ruth Taylor Recital Hall to accommodate Trinity students as well as San Antonio residents attending to see the Heart of Texas Band.
“[This concert] should have a packed house, and then some,” Worman said.
Performing for an audience, large or small, is important to members of the band.
“I love the end result of performing because all the hard work comes down to one moment and it feels good when you do well and the audience appreciates it,” Lavenda said.
Attending the concert this Sunday will not only support Trinity students, but also allow audience members to hear music reminiscent of different times and places.
“Music accesses not only the audiences’ emotions but also exposes them to historical, cultural, and current happenings,” York said.
“When people think of band, they think of marching band or stand band. But audiences should think of this band more as an orchestra, with subtleties and artistic quality,” Worman said.
The Trinity University Symphonic Wind Ensemble performance is free and open to the public.
Rachel Cooley is an intern for the Trinitonian.