Sumter Community Concert Band, art gallery present spring program on Sunday

BY IVY MOORE
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 2/28/19

The Sumter Community Concert Band celebrates the approach of spring with a widely varied music program. The 3 p.m. Sunday concert in Patriot Hall begins with the "Star-Spangled Banner," a longstanding tradition for the band, but all 10 selections in …

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The Sumter Community Concert Band celebrates the approach of spring with a widely varied music program. The 3 p.m. Sunday concert in Patriot Hall begins with the "Star-Spangled Banner," a longstanding tradition for the band, but all 10 selections in the concert proper are new to the musicians.

Director James H. "Jimmy" Mills will lead the band in performing marches, Broadway tunes, traditional hymns, Celtic pieces and more. Band spokesman and trumpet player Rick Mitchum said the concert "has a little for everybody," noting that several sections of the SCCB will be featured during the performance.

James D. Ployhar's "Travelin' Trumpets," for example, is a challenging trumpet section feature played in a brisk tempo. Two pieces, "Ancient Irish Hymn" and "Deir in De," are played perhaps as a nod to the upcoming St. Patrick's Day. "Deir in De" is a Warren Barker arrangement of an ancient Irish lullaby, while Sean O'Loughlin's arrangement of "Ancient Irish Hymn" is a symphonic treatment of "St. Patrick's Breastplate," featuring the SCCB flutes.

Rock 'n' roll and Broadway are both represented in a medley from "Grease," which features an alto saxophone solo by Dr. Bob Lee. "Old Tent Meeting" is a lively medley of familiar hymns arranged by Ployhar. "Old Time Religion," "We Shall Gather at the River" and "Bringing in the Sheaves" are among the hymns in this piece.

Music associated with World War II features the popular music of that era in James Christendom's medley that includes "Thanks for the Memory," which became the late comedian Bob Hope's theme song. Other familiar tunes in the piece include "The White Cliffs of Dover," "I'll Be Seeing You" and "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree."

Marches, always an integral part of the band's repertoire, include John Phillip Sousa's "The Thunderer," Roland Seitz's "March Grandioso" that echoes the styles of Sousa and Karl King and "Il Bersagliere (The Italian Rifleman)." Edoardo Boccalari's march features the woodwinds and brass with a traditional European flair.

Randol Alan Bass' "Shenandoah" is a new setting of the famous folksong. It features a French horn solo by Tim Wilson, as well as solos by Robert Berry on trumpet, Arland Compton on baritone, Barbara Rearden on flute, Kay Rasmussen on celeste and Kipper Ackerman on harp. "Just a beautiful piece of music," Mitchum said.

At 4 p.m., following the concert, the SCCB and the Sumter County Gallery of Art invite the audience to join them for a reception in the gallery, adjacent to Patriot Hall. SCGA Executive Director Karen Watson said the gallery will be open at that time so that guests can view the current exhibition of Stephen Chesley's Trees, Night, Sky.

Admission to both the 3 p.m. concert by the Sumter County Community Concert Band in Patriot Hall, 135 Haynsworth St., and the joint reception sponsored by the band and the art gallery is free, and the public is invited to attend. For more information about the concert or joining the band, call Mitchum at (803) 775-9265 or the gallery, 200 Hasell St., at (803) 775-0543.