Wind Ensemble Presents Fall Concert Tuesday

Wind_EnsembleThe 43-member Limestone College Wind Ensemble will present its fall concert Tuesday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Fullerton Auditorium.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, features wind and percussion instruments. Dr. Douglas Presley, Band Director and Coordinator of Music Education at Limestone, will serve as conductor.

The concert will feature performances of pieces by contemporary composers as well as a few from yesteryear, including:


  • Marchissimo by Phillip Sparke (b. 1951)

"This creative march uses three different themes," said Dr. Presley. "The first theme is presented with piccolo, bass clarinet, and tuba, followed by the second theme presented by the clarinets, and finally the third theme-in a legato style-presented by the horns. Following a brief development section that incorporates motifs from each theme, the full ensemble presents all three themes at the same time in an invigorated conclusion."

  • Silence Overwhelmed by Brian Balmages (b. 1975)

"Commissioned by the South Carolina chapter of the College Band Directors National Association, Silence Overwhelmed incorporates complex harmonies and textures," Presley stated. "The title suggests music's constant movement between moments of tranquility and massive power. In the right context, silence can be an overwhelming means of expression."

  • First Suite in E-flat by Gustav Holst (1874-1934)

"Widely regarded as one of the hallmarks of the wind band repertory, this work was originally written for British military bands which had no standard instrumentation at the time, and had typically only performed arrangements of popular orchestral works," writes Presley. "The entire work is a collection of three movements (Chaconne, Intermezzo, and March) that vary in compositional style. A careful listener will hear the introductory statement of the opening measures in the Chaconne present in every movement."

  • The Thunderer by John Philip Sousa (1854-1932)

"John Philip Sousa was more than a musician; he was a symbol of an era. He told the story of America through music which will surely retain its freshness and spontaneity so long as there are ears for it to fall upon. The Thunderer was his wife's favorite march, and was composed for the 24th Bicentennial Conclave of the Grand Encampment. The conclave was held in October 1889 and was sponsored by the commander who had 'knighted' Sousa three years earlier."