Potomac State College/Community Band to present Spring Concert April 8

The Potomac State College of West Virginia University/Community Band, under the direction of D. Lynn Zeller, will present its annual Spring Concert on Tuesday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in the Church-McKee Arts Center auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The 58-piece concert band will begin its program with Clifton Williams “The Strategic Air Command March” followed by the hauntingly beautiful “Endless Rainbows.”    

The program continues with “Into the Joy of Spring” directed by guest conductor Richard Frush, who retired after 33 years as band director of the award-winning Keyser High School Band and was named ‘Phi Beta Mu West Virginia Bandmaster of the Year’ three times. The piano accompanist is David Rankin, also from Keyser.

The next selection will be Percy Grainger’s “Country Gardens” followed by the emotional “When Angels Weep.”

The second half of the concert will begin with the powerful arrangement of “Silverado” from the 1985 American Western film of the same name. Next is “American Folk Rhapsody,” a medley of four songs from American folk lore, followed by “Dialogues,” a series of conversations between the various instruments with a strong emphasis on the percussion section.

The concert continues with the Canadian Brass arrangement of a traditional bullring favorite “La VIrgen de la Macarena” featuring clarinet soloist Jean Miller and trumpet soloist Jon Bush. The band closes with a medley of three themes from The Star Wars episodes, which will once again be accompanied by Rankin.