The Arizona Winds’ 2016-2017 concert season programming lineup will continue to delight the band’s fans with fun-filled musical surprises. The season opener, Sunday, October 23rd, features the music of Leroy Anderson in a concert filled with Anderson favorites called “A Leroy Anderson Jukebox.” The concert will be held in the Cactus High School Auditorium, 6330 W Greenway Rd in Glendale at 3:00 p.m. and admission is free.
Anderson’s unique “popular” writing style helped catapult the Boston Pops Orchestra to world prominence under the direction of Maestro Arthur Fiedler from 1938 to 1955. John Williams described Anderson as “one of the great American masters of light orchestral music.” “There are so many well-known, popular tunes written by Anderson that it was rather difficult to decide which ones to choose for this program”, said the band’s Music Director and Conductor, Rich Shelton. “It was almost like trying to select a program from a Jukebox full of his music. I think we’ll hit most of the all-time favorites,” Shelton continued. While the band won’t be performing Sleigh Ride, arguably one of Anderson’s best known and most familiar Christmas tunes, the audience will delight in many others to include Blue Tango, The Typewriter, Serenata, Belle of the Ball, Bugler’s Holiday, Sandpaper Ballet, Rakes of Mallow, Irish Washerwoman and a number of others.
Midwestern University will once again host the band on December 4th to ring in the Christmas season. And, as they did last year to accommodate their ever-growing audience, the band will perform in the University’s 2,000 hall in the center of the campus. The program will feature some very unique arrangements of familiar Christmas tunes with some interesting musical twists.
Two very talented musicians will be featured on the band’s “From the Heart and All That Jazz” concert, February 19th. Well-known local trumpeter/entertainer extra-ordinaire, Dan Reed, will be featured on a number of jazz tunes including When the Saints Come Marching In, Rhapsody for Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble, Dreaming of the Masters and more. Dan will be joined by the talented and lovely vocalist Anna Nyhart to perform Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, My Funny Valentine, Tangerine, and Barbara Streisand’s I Believe in Love.
“Broadway’s Showstoppers” is the theme for the band’s April 2nd concert. Vocalist Anna Nyhart will return to add her special touch of class to the program, performing selections like George Gershwin’s Summertime, You Are My Sunshine, a medley of Cole Porter favorites and selections from Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story.” In addition, the band will perform selections from Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess”, and popular Broadway tunes by composers Marvin Hamlisch and Irving Berlin.
The season concludes up on May 14th with an Armed Forces tribute called “American Heroes” featuring the music of John Williams, John Philip Sousa, Sammy Nestico, Julie Giroux and film composer Bruce Broughton.
You won’t want to miss a minute of this exciting season of fun, new music and new entertainers. Concerts are Sundays at 3:00 p.m. beginning October 23rd and admission is free. Invite your friends and be a part of something exciting!
Introducing the AZ Winds Concert Band
We are an 85-member concert band located in Glendale, Arizona. Conducted by Lt. Col. Richard Shelton, USAF Ret., we are comprised of all ages and backgrounds, but together we make some great music. This video features some of our live performances and a little history about the band. We are a non-profit organization and gladly accept donations via Paypal on our official website: http://www.azwinds.com
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