This month, the centennial theme is the 1980’s. Disco fizzled out and the electronic age influenced music as well as every other aspect of life. Under the direction of Mr. Tyler Benedict, the Band will give the audience a taste of pop, symphonic concert band music, musical theater, movie music as well as the standard rousing march.
The program includes “Flashing Winds” by Belgian composer Jan Van der Roost. A tympani solo opens, followed by fanfaric brass alongside beautiful woodwind melodies.
“Seagate Overture” by James Swearingen was written in 1988. This American composer is a master of energetic concert band literature.
John Philip Sousa’s “Gladiator March” was written in the ‘80’s also, albeit 1886!
“Soaring With John Williams” showcases the great movie composer’s popular themes from Superman, The Empire of the Sun and Star Wars.
“Michael Jackson Through the Years” pays tribute to the King of Pop who dominated the charts in the 1980’s. Included in the medley are “I Want You Back,” “I’ll Be There,” “Rock With You,” “Thriller,” and “Man in the Mirror.”
The late Sequim City Band founder Chuck Swisher composed our very own march entitled “Sunny Sequim March.” Let’s hope the weather follows the title!
The 1986 musical “The Phantom of the Opera” by Andrew Lloyd Webber is well known and loved by all audiences regardless of their decade of birth. A medley including “Think of Me,” “Angel of Music,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “All I Ask of You,” “Point of No Return,” and “The Music of the Night” will be performed.
Concluding the concert is a march by Russel Alexander, “Colossus of Columbia.”
Announcing the concert this month is Mr. Pat Owens. Pat is a well-known actor, director, and community theater jack of all trades. Olympic Peninsula audiences will recognize him from his work with Reader’s Theater Plus, Olympic Theater Arts, PALOA and Port Angeles Community Players.
The Sequim City Band is made up of over 60 volunteers from Clallam and Jefferson Counties. They rehearse every Monday evening at the Swisher Rehearsal Hall at The James Center For The Performing Arts. This beautiful bandshell is located at 563 N. Rhodefer Road in the Water Reuse Demonstration Site north of Carrie Blake Park.
Summer concerts are monthly in the outdoors between May and September. With a nod to Sequim’s weather, there are two indoor concerts at the high school in March and October.