Michigan composers, Southwestern flair highlight of concert featuring Jackson Community Concert Band

November 10, 2022

Enjoy a musical double feature of sorts when the Jackson Community Concert Band presents “Michigan Roots and Music of the Southwest,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 20 in Harold Sheffer Music Hall, Potter Center.

This free concert features works by Michigan composers and Southwestern favorites. Selections include an original work by band member and composer Chris Evan Hass (Il Nostro Ragazzo Dolce). Two band members will perform solos with band accompaniment, including Dustin Moeckel, trombone (Variations on Barnacle Bill) and Tianna Gillis, flute (Fantasie). Guest conductors will include retired JC faculty member Ron Douglass (Danzon #2), and Napoleon School Music Director Trevor Trudeau (Variations on Barnacle Bill). And, the arrangement of “Be Thou My Vision” is by another Michigan composer with Jackson roots, David Gillingham.

Program for the band will include:

  • Scherzino Sinfonica, by Ralph Hultgren
  • Il Nostro Ragazzo Dolce (Our Sweet Boy), by Chris Evan Hass
  • Variations on Barnacle Bill, by Steven Frank
  • Danzon #2, by Arturo Marquez
  • Fantasie, by Faure, transcribed by J. Bourgeois
  • This Land of El Dorado, W. Francis McBeth
  • Be Thou My Vision, arranged by David Gillingham
  • El Camino Real, by Robert Longfield

The concert is free, and all are welcome.

The 70-plus-member Jackson Community Concert Band is comprised of both college students and community members, under the leadership of director Dan Bickel. The College has a variety of musical ensembles for students and community members. Learn more here… jccmi.edu/program/music/.