Our Twenty-Fourth Season!

Brian Hughes, Founder and Conductor

Thursday, June 7, 2018 - 7:30 p.m., Eagle Point Park Band Shell

Program notes

THIS WEEK, the Tri-State Wind Symphony opens its 24th season of summer concerts entertaining area residents. Founded by Brian Hughes in the summer of 1995, the ensemble exists as a community band for "the better amateur players in the community," all of whom volunteer their time and talents.

  The program includes:

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Flourish for Wind Band, providing a regal flourish to the start of the season.
  • Looney Tunes Overture, arranged by Bill Holcombe, brings back memories of the stars of Saturday mornings: Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and the whole gang.
  • A little-known work by band great Clifton Williams, entitled Trail Scenes. Its three movements (Roundup, Nighthawk, and Railhead) depict the sounds of a nineteenth-century cattle drive.
  • James Curnow’s American Triptych, full of Americana. 
  • Yorkshire Ballad, by James Barnes, one of the go-to “pretty tunes” played by bands across the country.
  • This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of American composer, conductor, and teacher, Leonard Bernstein. In celebration of his life, we offer a medley from his most well known work, West Side Story.
  • In addition to being one of the ultimate showmen, Henry Fillmore must be acknowledged as the “King of the Trombone Smear.” Some, like Lassus Trombone, are easily recognized; Boss Trombone: He’s De Head Man, is probably not. Still, it’s good fun and our raucous trombone section shows who is the boss.
  • What’s missing? A Sousa march! For this week, we offer (and close with) one of the greats: The Thunderer.