The Symphonic Band and the Pelham Street Brass Quintet performed at a fall concert on Sunday night. The concert was held in the Mason Hall Performance Center at 7:30. Over 175 people attended. The room became so full that more chairs had to be set up to accommodate everyone.
The five members of the Pelham Street Brass Quintet opened with Scherzo by John Cheetam. The members, Graham Bennet, Zach Hill, Daniel Marshall, Jaron Smith and Matt Weaver, got their start playing music at Jacksonville State University. According to their website, they are “dedicated to spreading the joy of music throughout Alabama and the southeastern United States” and “are always looking for new opportunities to share our love of music and education.” They finished
their set with Ecco Mormorar L’Onde by Claudio Montiverdi and Just a Closer Walk arranged by Gillis.
After a rousing round of applause, the Symphonic Band entered silently to take their seats. They broke into a cacophony sound to warm up before they began to play. The Symphonic Band consists of sixty students playing flutes, clarinets, oboes, bassoons, saxophones, trumpets, French horns, trombone, euphoniums, tubas and percussions.
The Symphonic Band played a set of six songs starting with a brash march called Marche Americana by Soren Hyldgaard. They moved on to play American Overture for Band by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, followed by Symphony #3 by Boris Kozhevnikov. Then the band played the lyrical song Redemption by Rossano Galante, followed by the patriotic Chester Overture for Band by William Schuman. They finished with the Jewish folk song inspired Rikudim by Jan Van der Roost.
The crowd seemed awed by the concert, and at the end of the performance, the Symphonic Band received a standing ovation from the audience.
One pleased student, Kacie McClendon, a junior, said, “I felt like the symphonic band did a fantastic job, as well as the Pelham Street Brass who were amazing as always.”
Another student, Rashad “Shrek” Montgomery, who plays with the Marching Southerners, said, "I thought the symphonic band showed a great contrast in their music selection for this evening. The dynamic contrast between each song was immaculate. Hearing this band play the way they did tonight shows a very bright future for the symphonic band ensemble."
The outstanding reviews from students are well-earned by the dedicated and hard-working members of the Symphonic Band and the Pelham Street Brass Quintet.
A list of scheduled events from the music department is available online at JSU.edu.