We concluded our regular season last Sunday with our world premiere of Sparke’s A Bluegrass Overture which was a blast! We’ve also had the privilege of including Adams’ Lollapalooza, Williams’ Symphonic Marches and Ives’ Country Band March in the mix among other fabulous selections. We have so enjoyed these band music literature masterpieces! What a wonderful season!
We are forever thankful for our sponsors, Friends of the Band, family members, and audience members all without whom we could not function! Thank you to our board members and other band members who selflessly assist when called upon without whom this operation would cease. Thank you to our friends at Transylvania University who give us a permanent home base and a lovely venue in which to perform that is staffed with gracious professionals; thank you to our friends at the Lexington Opera House and the Lexington Center who help us perform in that magnificent edifice; thank you to our conductor, Ben Hawkins, and associate conductor, Les Anderson, for bringing us challenging and rewarding music to play and for helping us to refine our musical aesthetic and the intellectual pursuit of music, and thank you to our fellow band members for their diligence in rehearsal, generosity of passing on musical knowledge, and for contributions toward musical and social community.
One last special note of thanks in our 40th year of making music goes to our founding conductors, Peter Martin and Dennis Van Horn, the conductors who have sustained our tradition, James Curnow, John Anderson, Les Anderson, Harry Clarke, and Pete LaRue, and our former members–those who are living and those who are no longer with us–as their contributions and spirit still resonate through the band’s consciousness.