The Hardin-Simmons University Concert Band will present its final full concert of the school year, November 25, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. in Behrens Auditorium on the HSU campus.
Musical selections for this program span nearly a century, 1908-2007, and include composers from England and the United States. The performance will feature a wide variety of traditional Christmas music, as well as Kenneth Alford’s tuneful march, The Thin Red Line.
Interestingly, Alford is actually the pen name of British military march composer Major Frederick Joseph Ricketts, bandmaster in the British Army and the director of music for the Royal Marines. The Thin Red Line is named for the composer’s regiment's nickname during in the Crimean War. The piece was finally published and available to the public in 1925.
The concert also includes The Symphony No. 5½, A Symphony for Fun, written in 1946 by prolific American composer Don Gillis. When he embarked on this particular composition, it was actually his sixth symphony, but rather than giving the symphony a conventional number he elected to publish it as No. 5½.
Dr. Wayne Dorothy, HSU director of bands, says the program is designed to be a festive beginning to the Thanksgiving and Christmas season. The concert is free and opened to the public and will last a little over an hour.
Members of the Concert Band represent more than 25 different majors from across the university.