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February 5, 2013

Blinn’s Symphonic Band performs for 200 at O’Donnell Center

Brenham audience treated to symphony classics

The Blinn College Symphonic Band and the Brazos Winds hosted a joint performance for a crowd of approximately 200 at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center Tuesday night on the Blinn College – Brenham campus.

The Blinn symphonic band, under the direction of Harry D. Blake, played a variety of styles that included selections from “Die Fledermaus,” a light operetta by Johann Strauss II and arranged by Japanese composer Eiji Suzuki.

Freshman music major Nigel Yarbrough put his saxophone skills on display in a rendition of “Tosca Fantasy” by Giacomo Puccini. Yarbrough recently won the Texas Community Colleges Band Directors Association competition.

The program included “Sheltering Sky” by John Mackey and “Spirit” by R. Scott Davidson. “Spirit” was commissioned in memory of drum major Bethany Schimank, who died in a car accident in December 2011. The first half of the concert concluded with John Higgins’ “I Got Rhythm.”

The second half of the program featured the Brazos Winds under the direction of Robert McElroy. The Brazos Winds began with Dimitri Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” followed by Norman Dello Joio’s setting of “Scenes from the Louvre.” The audience was then treated to scores of “LesMiserables” arranged by Warren Barker and “Silverado” scored by Randol Bass.

The Blinn Department of Music consistently places more students in the Texas Community College All-State Band than any other community college. Blinn music students have been accepted to some of the most distinguished music programs in the state, including the University of Texas, Texas Tech University, Texas Christian University and Baylor University.

PHOTO – The Blinn College Symphonic Band (pictured) hosted a two-hour joint performance with the Brazos Winds Tuesday night at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center Tuesday night on the Blinn College – Brenham campus.