The band opened with “Farandole”, arranged for band by Robert Longfield, or commonly known as “The Three Kings March”, which captivated the audience’s attention. Gary Caldwell, director of the band, help the band perform “Carol of the Bells” flawlessly with his discrete signals. The band combined their talents to recreate the enchanting story “The Polar Express”, giving the audience a taste of childhood memories.
“I have never conducted an arrangement with so many time signatures before,” Gary commented about the band’s final piece. With a wide range of time signatures, “Night on Fire” proved to be the most complicated piece of the night.
Along with the fun arrangements, there were two guess conductors, Ryan Tommer and James Beard. Ryan is a recent DSU music education graduate and James is a DSU senior in music education. Gary Caldwell said, “There’s no better place to learn how to conduct than up here. There is no simulator for this.”
“A Christmas Fantasia”, conducted by Ryan Tommer, allowed him to demonstrate what he has learned at DSU. James Beard conducted, “Emmanuel Variants”. Both young conductors did a fantastic job conducting the Symphony Band for the first time during a live concert.
DSU Symphony Band’s next concert will be February 21, 2014 starting at 7:30pm. For ticket prices and concert times please call the Dixie State box office at 435-652-7800 or visit their website at www.dixiestatetickets.com.