Brent Colwell directs the Temple College Symphonic Band

Brent Colwell directs the Temple College Symphonic Band

The Temple College Symphonic Band will present its fall concert on Sunday, Oct. 30, at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mary Alice Marshall Performing Arts Center on the Temple College campus at 2600 S. First St.

The program, titled “October Songs,” will feature a variety of symphonic band literature, much of it taken from the vocal world. The concert will open with John Philip Sousa’s “El Capitan,” a well-known march that was actually composed based on melodies Sousa used in his operetta of the same name, although the march became much more popular then the operetta.

Euphonium soloist Christian O’Neill will be featured in James Curnow’s “Rhapsody for Euphonium and Concert Band.” O’Neill is a graduate of Copperas Cove High School and is a sophomore music major at Temple College. Other featured pieces in the concert will be “October” by Eric Whitacre, “Salvation is Created” by Pavel Chesnokov, and “Sea Songs” by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The concert will conclude with Frank Ticheli’s “Simple Gifts,” featuring four Shaker tunes and narrated by Dr. Carl Bradley, and “Great Themes From Great Italian Movies,” arranged by John Cacavas.

“This music is very beautiful and moving and the musicians are doing a great job of preparing for the concert,” said Director Brent Colwell. “This should be an outstanding concert and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.”

Colwell, who also serves as Director of the Division of Fine Arts for Temple College, has directed the band since 2007. The 80-member ensemble is dedicated to creating musical excellence and offering participants the opportunity to enjoy the camaraderie of playing in a band. Members of the band include college students, high school students, professional musicians and adults from Temple, Belton, Harker Heights, Killeen, Copperas Cove, Rogers, Holland, Thorndale, Hewitt, Waco, Salado, Georgetown and Austin.

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 other events sponsored by the Temple College Fine Arts Division, call 254-298-8555.