WWU Symphonic Band

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Time and Location

Wednesday, November 30 at 7:30 pm PST
Performing Arts Center 155 - Concert Hall

Concert Program

Chorale and Shaker Dance

by John Zdechlik

His Honor

by Henry Fillmore

Symphonic Dance #3 “Fiesta”

by Clifton Williams

Overture for Winds

by Charles Carter

Our Castaways

by Julie Giroux

Old Churches

by Michael Colgrass

Boom Boom Pow

arranged by Patrick Roulet

Notes about the program

by John Zdechlik

The piece was commissioned by the Jefferson High School Band of Bloomington, Minnesota, in honor of their conductor, Earl Benson. It was written in 1971 and premiered at the convention of Music Educators National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia in March of the following year.

by Henry Fillmore

His Honor is just one of his many famous marches. Written in 1933, it is a brisk circus march with challenges for every instrument.

by Clifton Williams

Fiesta is an evocation of the excitement and color of the city’s [San Antonio] numerous Mexican celebrations. The modal characteristics, rhythms, and finely woven melodies depict what Williams called “the pageantry of Latin-American celebration – street bands, bull fights, bright costumes, the colorful legacy of a proud people.” The introduction features a brass fanfare that generates a dark, yet majestic atmosphere that is filled with the tension of the upcoming events. The soft tolling of bells herald an approaching festival with syncopated dance rhythms. Solo trumpet phrases and light flirtatious woodwind parts provide a side interest as the festival grows in force as it approaches the arena. The brass herald the arrival of the matador to the bullring and the ultimate, solemn moment of truth. The finale provides a joyous climax to the festivities.

by Charles Carter

The opening section has a theme which is robust and rhythmic in character. The second theme, slightly slower and expressive, is a free form based on the original idea. The last section is a repetition of the opening thematic ideas, building to a final climax. 

by Julie Giroux

This work is dedicated to all those who work hard in the fight to end puppy mills, to rescue suffering pets and to provide care and medical attention to all those rescued. It is dedicated to those companions who get rescued and for those whose rescue never comes.

by Michael Colgrass

Old Churches uses Gregorian chant to create a slightly mysterious monastery scene filled with the prayers and chanting of monks in an old church.

arranged by Patrick Roulet

A song by American hip hop group the Black Eyed Peas..."Boom Boom Pow" topped the Billboard Hot 100 for twelve weeks, making it the group's first U.S. number one single. It is the second longest-running single to stay atop the Hot 100 in 2009, beaten only by the Black Eyed Peas' second single from The E.N.D, "I Gotta Feeling", which held the top spot for 14 consecutive weeks. It also topped the Australian, Canadian and UK singles charts, as well as reaching the top 10 in more than 20 countries. The song was named seventh on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade[2] and 51st on the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of All-time.

Disability Accommodations

For disability accommodations, please contact the department presenting the event. Disability access information is available online at Parking Services, and further resources can be found by contacting Western's Disability Access Center.