College-Community Band to Present Spring Concert April 5

The Potomac State College of WVU-Community Concert Band will perform their annual Spring Concert entitled “American Sketches” on Tuesday, April 5th at 7 p.m. in the Church-McKee Arts Center Auditorium. The public is encouraged to attend this free event.  

Under the direction of Roger Walker, the band’s 49 members consist of students from Potomac State College, area high school students and members of the surrounding communities. 

A special night is planned for the audience as faculty from West Virginia University takes to the podium joining the PSC/Community Band as guests conductors which includes Director of Bands John Hendricks, Assistant Director of Bands Jay Drury and Assistant Director of Athletic Bands Christopher Nichter. 

The band’s repertoire will consist of music by prominent American composers. The concert will open with “A Festival Prelude” by legendary wind-band composer Alfred Reed. Based upon five scenes from Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick, "Of Sailors and Whales" is considered one of W. Francis McBeth's finest works.  The band will perform the first and fifth movements of this McBeth classic. 

The band will perform the work “An American Elegy” which was composed by Frank Ticheli and dedicated to the memory the people who lost their lives at Columbine High School in 1999 and to honor the survivors.  Portions of the school's alma mater are incorporated into this emotional work. 

The program will continue with lighter selections. The Black Horse Troop is one of John Philip Sousa’s 136 classic marches while A Bernstein Tribute is a medley of Leonard Bernstein’s most notable works, including selections from West Side Story, Candide and On the Town.  

The concert will conclude with “John Williams in Concert” which is a collection of the legendary film composer’s themes from the movies E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial, Star Wars and Jaws, as well as the NBC Mission Theme and the Olympic Spirit Theme.