Put away your office pools and brackets, this isn’t the March Madness you are thinking of! This concert will revolve around the diversity of the March form of music.
Join the Walnut Creek Concert Band under the direction of Musical Director Harvey Benstein and Assistant conductor Lauren Gibson as we present this amazing Spring concert that will show the different styles of marches that have made music unique.
Featuring works by Holst, Hindemuth, Mackey, Barber, Bernstein, to name a few.
Joining the festivities as guest conductors is Dr. Matthew Sadowski who is the director of bands at the University of California at Berkeley, and as a very special guest will be David Betancourt conducting his special piece “Hope Rising”
Also joining the band to play a piece is the Saxophone Quartet “Quartet Redacted” from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA, as a tribute to their late director, Dr. Eric Hammer.
This concert is being dedicated to Willam “Bud” Brickell, who was a charter member of the band serving the band as both a band member, and in other capacities.
Tickets are available at the Lesher Center Box Office, and students are free with the code phrase “Band Fan”.
Lauren is currently the Instrumental Music Director at Acalanes High School in Walnut Creek, California. She directs five ensembles including three bands, orchestra and jazz band. In addition, she directs the Pep Band at football games and community events. Before this year, she was a Graduate Assistant at University of the Pacific and earned her Masters of Music Education. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Montana in Flute Performance and Music Education after which she taught General Music Education for four years in Seattle, Washington.
Plan to spend part of your Memorial Day at Civic Park in Walnut Creek for the City’s 30th annual tribute to the men and women who gave their lives in service to our country. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m., with opening remarks from Mayor Justin Wedel. Reverend Dwane Michael will give the invocation and blessing.
Author Carrie Pepper will provide the keynote address. Her book, “Missing on Hill 700,” is a compelling story of love and loss surrounding the disappearance of her brother, Marine PFC Tony Pepper, during the Tet Offensive in Vietnam.
The Walnut Creek Concert Band will provide music, and the Pleasant Hill Army Recruiting Team will present the colors and close the ceremony with the traditional laying of the wreath at the Veterans Memorial Plaza in front of City Hall. Light refreshments will also be served following the ceremony.
We had a wonderful packed holiday show Tuesday night. Thank You to all that came out and sang along and enjoyed our show. Also, thank you to our special guest soloist Hilary Zirkle for her amazing rendition of the Oscar Navarro, Clarinet Concerto No. 1. The video will be up on our site and on Walnut Creek Television soon. Please consider a tax deductible donation before the end of the year to help us continue for another 30 years as the official concert band of Walnut Creek. We will see you at our next concert