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JALC Community Band and Orchestra to Perform April 14th

BY TERI CAMPBELL
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Come enjoy the musical sounds the John A. Logan College Community Band and Community Orchestra as they present their annual Spring Concert on Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m. in the college’s conference center. The event is free and open to the public.

The show will begin with a set by the orchestra, under the direction of Dustin Newbold, instrumental music teacher at Vienna High School. It will play classics by Reinhold Gliere, Johannes Brahms, and Ralph Vaughan Williams, along with contemporary music from the motion picture, “Pirates of the Caribbean.”

The band, led by Michael Hanes, director of bands emeritus at Southern Illinois University, will play the second set. It will feature solo performances by Rev. Ted Hartley on Tuba and Gene Stiman on trombone. Hartley is a longtime member of the band and pastor at the Johnston City Methodist Church. Stiman, a Herrin natïve, has had a renowned career as a trombonist that began in the “big-band” era of the 1940s and 50s when he performed with many of the top big bands, including Benny Goodman, Tex Beneke, Les Brown, and many others.

Hanes said Stiman is a remarkable trombone player, and he is happy to have him performing with the band.

“Gene was my junior high band director when I was growing up in Salem, and later we were colleagues on the music faculty at SIU for many years,” Hanes said. “We have wanted to do the number, ‘Begin the Beguine,’ together so we will be performing that in the concert.”

The band will also play music by Robert Jager, John Philip Sousa, and Andrew Boysen, Jr., as well as selections from “Les Miserables.”

“We like to do a wide variety of musical styles for the enjoyment of both the audience and the musicians,” Hanes said.

The show’s finale, “Mars, the Bringer of War,” from Gustav Holst’s “The Planets” will feature the combined talents of the band and orchestra.

“Dustin has wanted to do this piece for a long time,” Hanes said. “It’s a very ambitious number and calls for a lot of wind players. The band has more wind players than the orchestra does so we decided to do it together in order to take advantage of the strengths of both groups. It’s a fun and challenging piece for the musicians.”

For more information about the concert, contact the Office of Student Activities and Cultural Events at Logan at 618-985-2828 or 618-457-7676, Ext. 8287.