The Eugene Symphonic Band played a wonderful concert last night at Beall Hall on the UO campus. Conductor Dr. Timothy Paul chose diverse pieces of wonderful concert band, wind ensemble, choral and orchestral repertoire transcribed for wind band. My favorites were “Lux Arumque” by Eric Whitacre, first written as a choral piece; two movements from “Southern Harmony” by Donald Grantham, and a Sousa piece that I’ve never heard, “Easter Monday on the White House Lawn”.
I played in the band when I first moved to Eugene—way back in the day of my trumpet playing time. It is amazing to see so many folks still in the band, yea Steve Maricle, Diana Perdue, Sherry Cossey, and Chet Peterson!
It is also great to see our hard working music educators sharpening their saws by continuing to perform in a demanding ensemble. I spied Talon Nansel, Chris Holt, Tess Murrell, Tracy Ross, Tyler Boorman, Matt Woodford, and lots of retired music educators.
Our favorite Bagpipe player, Richard Berg, was spotlighted in the program. We’ve known Richard a long time, as an excellent trumpet player, middle school music educator, baritone saxophone player and now a piper.
The band plays an outreach concert at North Eugene High School on April 6, and then a pops concert at First Baptist Church on May 18. Come and give them a listen.
Pat Knaus, March 10, 2015