The Muskegon Community College Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble will perform on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Frauenthal Center in downtown Muskegon. Tickets are $7 for adults and $2 for students.
The Wind Ensemble, directed by Daniel M. Meyers, will perform four selections. Following a brief intermission, the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tim Froncek, will play four pieces.
The Wind Ensemble selections are:
“Second Suite in F” by Gustav Holst. In 1911, Holst decided to write another military band suite based on English folk songs. In this piece, he uses seven Hampshire songs, ranging from “Greensleeves” to “I’ll Love My Love.”
“The Klaxon March” by Jerry H. Bilik. Written by Henry Fillmore for the 1930 Cincinnati Automobile Show, this spectacular march has become a standard in band repertoires. The composer invented an instrument made up of car horns for the occasion.
“American Landscape #1” by Robert W. Smith. Musically depicting Lake Township, Ohio, it features two distinct musical images. “On the Town” captures the cheerful hustle and bustle of the community as the town comes to life each morning. “Mist of the Morn” recalls the distinct image of green rolling hills in the beautiful countryside wrapped in the morning mist as the sun rises above the horizon.
“Be Thou My Vision” Arranged by Travis J. Cross. The well-known traditional Irish hymn captures the humble, yet majestic, simplicity and deep faith represented by the hymn text.
The Jazz Ensemble selections are:
“Blues in Hoss’ Flat” by Frank Foster. Count Basie band member Frank Foster wrote the magnificent “Blues in Hoss’ Flat” for Basie. The tune, also known as “Blues in Frankie’s Flat,” was played and recorded by Basie throughout his career, including notable performances with Sammy Davis, Jr. and Duke Ellington.
“Limbo Jazz” Arranged by David Berger. Composed by Duke Ellington, this calypso-swing is based on the simple chord progression to “Happy Birthday to You.”
“Sidewinder” Arranged by Mark Taylor. One of the early soulful rock tunes, Lee Morgan’s Sidewinder features a distinctive groove and funky riff-like phrases.
“Blues By Five” Arranged: John Berry. Recorded on the 1956 album Cookin’ with the Miles Davis Quintet, this jazz standard composed by pianist Red Garland features a moderate tempo, riff-based melody.