There's something about the opening concert of the season that always puts me in a good mood, but this year it was extra special. As the Music Director of the Frederick Symphony Orchestra (FSO), there is always a lot of extra work the first two months of the season editing the season program booklet, coordinating … Continue reading Season Opener
Although the Vintage Band Festival ended just over a week ago, I was happy to receive my new band coat when it finally arrived today (via FedEx). There was a misunderstanding with the tailor that caused the delay, apparently. It's a shame, but at least I'll look good for the next Newberry Band tour. While … Continue reading And the band played on …
After performing at the first Vintage Band Festival (VBF) in 2006, it was a great thrill to return this summer to perform with the Newberry Band again at the second festival. VBF director Paul Niemisto deserves a hearty "huzzah!" (and so much more) for organizing and hosting such a terrific festival. Paul's incredible army of … Continue reading Reflections on the Festival
A large crowd gathered by the Cannon River in the center of Northfield, Minnesota to witness a popular attraction at the 2010 Vintage Band Festival (VBF): The Battle of the Bands. Staged at high noon on Saturday, August 7, 2010, the two participating bands, the 1st Brigade Band of Wisconsin and Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band, … Continue reading Battle of the Bands
It's taken quite a while to edit and upload the videos, but here are more excerpts from the concert program that the Newberry Band performed at the 2010 Vintage Band Festival in Northfield, Minnesota. More videos will be added to this post when they are online. Stay tuned! For the record, here is the concert program … Continue reading Newberry Band Concert Excerpts
Here are two of the highlights of the concert program that Newberry's Victorian Cornet Band is performing at the 2010 Vintage Band Festival in Northfield, Minnesota. Verdi's "Terzetto and Finale from Attila" arranged by J. B. Claus and a terrific piccolo solo featuring Christine Beard, "The Wren Polka" by Eugene Demare. Dr. Christine Beard is … Continue reading More Vintage Band Festival Videos
Everyone has been asking for video of the band so here are a few excerpts. First is our opening tune, "New Era Quickstep" and next is my solo, "Fantasia on Safe in the Arms of Jesus." These are "rough cuts" posted in a hurry. More to follow. Stay tuned ...