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January 29, 2014

Cowley Concert Band to share the stage with Winfield High School


Teaming up for a concert on Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Cowley College Concert Band and Winfield High School Band will share the Robert Brown Theatre stage. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and there is no charge to attend the performance.

Invited to perform with the Friends University Concert Band a few years back, Cowley College Concert Band director Josh Fleig had such a good experience that he decided it would be nice to invite a different high school band every year to perform a concert with the Cowley Concert band.

The first band the Cowley Concert Band performed with was the Ark City High School Band in 2012.

“Ideally, we will have the opportunity to share a concert with many local and regional high school bands over the years,” Fleig said. “I am very excited to share the stage with the Winfield band next week. I had a chance to drop by one of their rehearsals recently, and they really sound good. I think a collaborative effort such as this is a great opportunity for young musicians in this area to learn from each other and to share in a musical experience.”

The Cowley Concert Band is still finalizing its program order, however the goal is to play a variety of music that will truly stir the hearts of the audience. One piece in particular, “Laideronnette,” is an arrangement of a composition by impressionist composer Maurice Ravel who lived in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This piece is a musical portrayal of a Chinese folk tale similar to the “Ugly Duckling.” The story is of a princess who has fallen under a curse and is convinced that she is ugly and unwanted. Along her journey to lift the spell she is befriended by a green serpent that helps her in her transformation into a beautiful young woman.

The Concert Band will also perform “Our Town,” by Aaron Copland, a piece they performed back in October at the tribute concert to Scott MacLaughlin.

“It will be wonderful to have the opportunity to play this beautiful piece again in homage to our dear friend that we so tragically lost last summer,” Fleig said.

Other pieces include “Beyond the Horizon” by Rossano Galante, “Elements” by Brian Balmages, and “Innisfree” by Carl Strommen.

The Winfield High School band will perform four exciting pieces entitled “An Irish Party in Third Class” by Richard Saucedo, the march from Gustav Holst’s “First Suite,” “Ammerland” by Jacob De Haan, and “His Honor” by Henry Fillmore. The first and third pieces are by contemporary composers, while the second and fourth pieces have been staples in the concert band repertoire for generations.

“This will no doubt be an enjoyable program,” Fleig said. “I am very proud of the work that my students have done in the short time since we returned from winter break. Experiencing live music of this sort in this country is becoming an increasingly rare occasion. I have no doubt that those in attendance at next week’s concert will be inspired and uplifted by the musical sounds the Cowley and Winfield bands present.”