May 1st Concert
March 31st, 2016
The Mesilla Valley Concert Band will perform their next free concert on Sunday, May 1st at 3pm in the Atkinson Recital Hall in the Music Center at NMSU. Highlights include two works by Alfred Reed, one of the most commissioned composers for contemporary concert band literature. His First Suite is a multi-movement piece that begins with a rousing march and ends with a lively country dance that is scored to be played “as fast as possible!” The second Alfred Reed piece was written for famed trumpeter Don Jacoby of Les Brown and Benny Goodman Band renown. The soloist is principal trumpet Bernie Chavez, director of activities for Deming Public Schools and formerly director of bands in Deming, with John Schutz, the MVCB associate director conducting. Also on the program is Aaron Copland’s The Promise of Living, arranged for band by Kenneth Singleton, former director of bands at New Mexico State University. Conducting will be Joseph Flores, Centennial High School band director. Additionally, the Concerto for Alto Saxophone, originally scored for chamber orchestra and arranged for symphonic winds, will be performed by saxophone soloist Nathaniel Berman, assistant professor at East Central Oklahoma University (Ada), and former member of the Mesilla Valley Concert Band. Plan to join the band for another varied and entertaining presentation.