In what has become a rite of the season, the Oakhurst Community Concert Band (OCCB) will perform its free spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 8 at Mountain Christian Center, 40299 Highway 49 behind True Value Hardware in Oakhurst.
As a special treat for the community, the 41-member Yosemite High School (YHS) Wind Ensemble will join the band for “Shrine of the Fallen” by Brian Balmages.
“Shrine of the Fallen” was written in response to the tragic events in Kiev in 2014 when a confrontation between the government and protesters resulted in over 80 deaths. The music draws on an old Ukrainian folk song, “Plyve Kacha,” which became an anthem for many protestors not only as a symbol of national pride but also as a way to mourn those who died.
The Wind Ensemble will also be playing “Awakening Hills,” by Richard Saucedo.
No OCCB spring concert would be complete without some marches. The band will perform John Philip Sousa’s “On Parade” and Henry Fillmore’s “Americans We.”
“The Oakhurst Community band has had a tradition of supporting our local music education programs,” said OCCB director Mike Corrigan. “We not only provide an opportunity for students to perform with advanced musicians, we also make significant contributions to maintain quality equipment in our local school music programs. Some members of the OCCB also provide assistance in the classroom. They provide individual help to band students. All of these community efforts result in a band program that is exceptional.”
In part, because of that working relationship between the OCCB and the YHS band, “the YHS Wind Ensemble has had the opportunity to perform in prestigious festivals, such as those hosted by Sonoma State and Fresno State Universities. These events offer a venue of first class concert halls, with several university band directors as judges and clinicians.”
“The Yosemite High School Wind Ensemble enjoyed performing in two major regional festivals during the month of March,” said YHS band director Francisco Marquez. “We first visited Sonoma State University for the 6th annual Sonoma State Invitational. The students had the opportunity to perform in the gorgeous Weill Hall, a world class multi-million dollar music facility, and receive some feedback from some the best educators and music directors in the country.”
“We were also able to perform at the 39th annual Dr. Lawrence R. Sutherland Wind Festival at Fresno State. Like the Sonoma State festival, this event also featured feedback from some of the finest music educators and directors in the nation. I have seen a tremendous amount of improvement from the ensemble this year and hope it will continue,” added Marquez.
“The OCCB is open to students of all ages who would like to play the level of literature we perform,” Corrigan said. We have some very talented local adult musicians who are happy to ‘lead the way’ for students. We provide an opportunity to perform a wide variety of music that will enhance the musical development of the students.”
Selections to be performed April 8 by the community concert band include: “Antiphonal Alleluia” by George Handel, arranged by Patrick Liebergen and will feature brass members from YHS and OCCB - “A Child’s Lullaby” by Robert Sheldon - “Selections from Moana” arranged by Jay Bocook - “Primavera, Beautiful Mountain Winds” by Satoshi Yagisawa - “Bugler’s Holiday” by Leroy Anderson - “Danzas Cubanas” by Robert Sheldon - “Symphonic Highlights from The King and I” by Rodgers and Hammerstein, arranged by Stephen Bulla - and “Perthshire Majesty” by Samuel Hazo will feature soloist Randy Emerzian, on soprano saxophone.
Details: (559) 760-3849, www.oakhurstband.org.