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February 10, 2012

Cowley College and Ark City High School bands provide delightful evening of music


bandWith snow falling outside, the Cowley College Concert Band and Arkansas City High School Concert Band teamed to warm things up inside the Robert Brown Theatre Thursday night by performing nine pieces of music.

The Ark City High School Concert Band opened the evening under the direction of band director Chris VanGilder and assistant band director Hans Judd. The ACHS Band performed 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 was very impressed with the Ark City High School Band’s performance,” said Josh Fleig, Cowley College instrumental music instructor. “They presented a variety of music that contrasted nicely with our part of the program. We have had a positive relationship with Ark City High over the years and last night’s collaboration goes a long way to strengthen that connection. I think director Chris VanGilder and his students did a wonderful job and confirmed their reputation for musical excellence.”

The Cowley College Concert Band then took the stage and performed five pieces under the direction of Fleig, who graduated from Ark City High School in 1997 and was a member of the school’s Band, Jazz Band and Choir,

The Cowley College Concert Band opened with a symphonic overture and then performed Variations on a Korean Folksong, First Suite in E-Flat by Gustav Holst, and Reflections on an English Hymn by Carl Strommen. They closed the evening with a march titled Troopers Tribunal by the well known composer Henry Fillmore.

“I could not be more pleased with last night’s concert,” Fleig said. “The band’s performance well exceeded my expectations in so many ways. The sound was really dialed in and we really worked together to create a truly musical moment. I look forward to working with the Ark City High School Band in the future and hope to continue recruiting Ark City students into the music program here at Cowley.”

In other news, the Cowley College Jazz band is preparing for its first performance next Friday at the Friends University Jazz Festival. On Wednesday, February 15th, the headlining performer of the festival, Matt Wilson, will be on Cowley’s main campus to work with the Jazz Band in preparation for the performance.

“We are very excited to have Mr. Wilson in our rehearsal,” Fleig said. “He is a world-class drummer and composer, and has been highly active in the New York City jazz scene for nearly two decades. For our students to work closely with a professional of Matt Wilson’s stature is an amazing opportunity.”

Members of the Cowley College Concert Band are: Rosana Macias, Jacklynn Anderson, Alexie Pearce, Tiffany Cook, David Bartlett, Brian Lowe, Maggie Detrick, Kaile Shrode, Genny Potelle, Lara Schmidt, Alyssa Eli, Travis Duckett, Caitlyn Mapel, Mollie Talbert, Kendall Slovak, Blake Gillihan, Alex Smitely, Ethan Goodwin, Maria Schmidt, Lauren Miller, Jaci Hall, Michael Talbott, Kiley Broyles, Sarah Enderud, Erika Carpenter, Jordan Pohl, Justin Davis, Cathy Call, Ryan Cells, Dustin Mast, Cody Waggoner, Chris Bohnert, Phillip Gehring, and Cameron Crabtree.

Members of the ACHS Concert Band are: Karly Marshall, Brianna Baxley, Kacee Campbell, Josie Diaz, Miranda Godfrey, Kathleen Hankins, Alexis Herndon, Haylee Hutchison, Taylor Jividen, Marissa Leake, Karly Marshall, Catherine Mills, Hailee Reed, Edna Vega, Krystal Waggoner, Monet Watson, Adrianna Wells, Michaiah Nichols, Faith Campbell, Olivia Castillo, Elyssa Day, Jaci Goode, Chloe McGuire, Chasity O’Connor, Sarah Ripperda, Sharlena Schulte, Abby Turner, Kailyn Walton, Kendal Walton, Paige Wykes, Alyssa Bump, Briana Trujillo, Jordan Lolar, Rebekah Brakebill, Leah Brown, Samuel Escalante, Jordan Fox, Kiley Hernandez, Ian McMains, Jaclyn Neal, Miguel Raymundo-Cristobal, Jose Retana, KC Bennett, Stephanie Cabrera, Isaiah Huley, Zack Ozbun, Emily Hankins, and Ellen Walker.

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