Free Community Band Concert

Communications Director

Eric Vreeland
evreeland@knoxvilletn.gov
(865) 215-3480

400 Main St., Room 654A
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Free Knoxville Community Band Concert

Posted: 10/09/2015
A free concert by the Knoxville Community Band on Sunday, Oct. 11, will feature music familiar to most audiences – jazz, blues, swing and rock.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. on Market Square. Audience members are encouraged to bring a lawn chair, but there will be plenty of room to dance.

Those who grew up in the 1970s will recognize “The Eagles on Tour,” a medley featuring “Heartache Tonight,” “Desperado” and “Hotel California.” The band, formed in 1971, reigned supreme in the ’70s, selling more than 150 million records.

Several Community Band members will be featured soloists at the concert. Kerry Morrison, a legal administrative assistant with TeamHealth, will play the clarinet solo in “Benny Goodman: The King of Swing.” The piece is a medley of songs, including “Let’s Dance,” “Stompin’ at the Savoy” and “Moonglow.”

Four of the trumpet players will be the soloists in “The Summit” by John Moss. The quartet is comprised of Larry Hicks, the band director; Mark Boring, the assistant band director; Joel Tillman, a band director in Roane County; and Fred Wagner, a retired band director from Pennsylvania. Mike Layland, a retired band director from Fairfax, Va., will be the guest conductor for the piece.

A trombone trio will be featured in “Whirligig” by Frank D. Cofield. The soloists include Tarlton Atkinson, who works in the software technical support field; Robbie Whitehead, who works with the city of Alcoa; and Patrick Sullivan, an engineer.
         
The concert will also showcase music by Duke Ellington and the Blues Brothers, as well as “Granada,” a song about the Spanish city, and “Maynard Madness,” which includes “Gonna Fly Now,” the theme from the “Rocky” movie series.

The band, sponsored by the Knoxville Parks and Recreation Department, plays year round at festivals and other special events and performs a series of summer outdoor concerts. New members are welcome. Practices are from 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays at Northwest Middle School.