January 31, 2012
Concert Band to be joined by ACHS Band during special performance on Feb. 9
Last February, Cowley College instrumental music instructor Josh Fleig was invited to bring the school’s Concert Band to Wichita for a concert along with Friends University. Realizing the wonderful opportunity his students were presented, Fleig wanted to do the same for an area school this February. Thus, Fleig has invited the Arkansas City High School Band to share the stage during a concert in the Robert Brown Theatre at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9.
Fleig, who graduated from Ark City High School in 1997 and was a member of the school’s Band, Jazz Band and Choir, thought the timing made sense to invite the ACHS Band to open for the Concert Band.
“We have had lots of Ark City High School students come here and become a part of our program, so we wanted to extend the invitation,” Fleig said. “We hope this is the start of a tradition and are really excited to work with the Ark City High School Band.”
The Cowley College Concert Band will perform five pieces. They will open with a symphonic overture and then perform Variations on a Korean Folksong, First Suite in E-Flat by Gustav Holst, and Reflections on an English Hymn by Carl Strommen. They will close with a march titled Troopers Tribunal by the well known composer Henry Fillmore.
“This will put the students to the test as well as myself as a teacher and director,” Fleig said.
Fleig had high praise for the work done by ACHS Band director Chris VanGilder and assistant band director Hans Judd as they prepare their students to open the concert.
“They are doing a great job at the high school and are working very hard,” Fleig said. “It was there at the high school where I got the dream to teach music.”
The ACHS Band will perform En Canto by Robert W. Smith, The Haunted Mine by Daniel Bukvich, Awakening Hills by Richard Saucedo, and a march titled Pentland Hills by J.W. Howe.
“I am glad we were able to make this work with our schedules again and am excited about getting a chance to play in a different venue,” VanGilder said.
There is no cost to attend the concert.