photo of Brent Colwell conducting

Brent Colwell has directed the Temple College Symphonic Band since 2007.

The Temple College Symphonic Band will give a concert titled “Let Your Spirit Sing” on Sunday, April 9, at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center on the Temple College campus.

The program will feature a variety of symphonic band literature, much of which is from contemporary composers. It will open with Camille Saint-Saëns “Pas Redoublé,” which was originally composed for four-hand piano.

“This quickstep march is always an audience pleaser,” said Director Brent Colwell.

The concert will feature piano soloist Ray Palousek on two selections: Julie Giroux’s “The Greatest Generation” and “Song for Lyndsay” by Andrew Boysen. Palousek is a graduate of Holland High School and is currently a student at Temple College.

Another featured work is “SpellBound” by Jack Wilds, a Temple native and graduate of Temple High School.

Other featured works will be “Peace” by Frank Ticheli, “Second Suite in F” by Gustav Holst, “Legend of the Drop Bear” by Brian Balmages and “Jolly Robbers Overture” by Franz von Suppé. The concert will conclude with Julie Giroux’s “Let Your Spirit Sing,” from which the title for the concert is drawn.

The Temple College Symphonic Band is comprised of college students, some high school students, professional musicians and adults who love playing their instrument. Colwell, who also serves as Director of the Division of Fine Arts for Temple College, has directed the band since 2007.

“This is one of the best concert bands I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with,” Colwell said. “This will be an amazing concert.”

Cost for the concert is $5 for adults and free for students and children. Tickets may be purchased at the door, or at the Temple College Division of Fine Arts. All proceeds will help fund scholarships for Temple College music majors.

For more information on this concert and upcoming college music events, call the Temple College Fine Arts Division office at 254-298-8555.