The Potsdam Community Band performs a free concert at 3 p.m. this Sunday.
POTSDAM -- The Potsdam Community Band will play a concert in Hosmer Hall, SUNY Potsdam, this Sunday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m.
The performance includes music for all ages and features music by Robert Washburn as well as a tribute to Rosa Parks to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Admission is free.
The 65-piece ensemble will perform a rousing opener by Alfred Reed, “A Jubilant Overture.”
A piece by Potsdam’s own Robert Washburn, who passed away two months ago, will be honored by the band with a performance of his 1962 composition, “Pageantry.”
Wahsburn’s long and distinguished career in music began with graduation from the Cramne School of Music and his enlistment in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict. He rose to the position of chief arranger for the Air Force Band of the West and the Air Force Sinfonietta, and he spent a year as a member of the San Antonio Symphony. Following military service, Washburn returned to Potsdam and joined the Crane faculty, eventualy becoming dean of the school.
In 1980 he was commissioned to compose music for the opening ceremonies of the Lake Placid Winter Olympics, which were broadcast all over the world.
Other selections include “A Movement for Rosa,” written in 1992 by Mark Camphouse as a tribute to Rosa Parks; music from Les Miserables; “Holiday for Flutes” by David Rose; “Satchmo! A Tribute to Louis Armstrong,” a piece the audience at the band’s Potsdam SummerFest enjoyed so much the band is inspired to play it again; and marches by John Philip Sousa and Leroy Anderson.
Potsdam Community Band, directed by Theresa Witmer, is open to all those who play a band instrument. The group plays two or three concerts each year. This summer they will play again at Potsdam’s 2014 SummerFest.
Anyone interested in playing with the band can visit the website, www.potsdamband.org, or contact PCB’s Personnel Manager, Ron Berry, at 265-2883.