Sequim City Band sets ‘A Childhood Remembered” spring concert

With the spring season right around the corner, the Sequim City Band invites the community to “A Childhood Remembered,” a free concert set for 3 p.m. Sunday,March 11, at the Sequim high School auditorium, 533 N. Sequim Ave.

Under the direction of Tyler Benedict, the band will perform a variety of tunes that conjure up memories and celebrations of youth. Musician and author Cynthia Webster is the guest announcer.

The concert features the popular children’s orchestral piece, Sergei Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” This arrangement for band has Webster telling the story of a brave and resourceful boy who challenges his grandfather’s authority. Forest animals are brought to life by members of the band.

“Fantasy on Childhood Songs” by David Moore is a humorous arrangement of well-known nursery rhymes and tunes including “Pop Goes the Weasel,” “I’m a Little Teapot” and “Ten Little Indians.”

“A Childhood Remembered” by Rossano Galante is a light and lyrical composition with playful melodies mixed with lush sonorities that evokes a simpler but very joyous time. Similarly, “Children’s March” (“Over the Hills and Far Away”) by Percy Grainger, is a jaunty tune with a hearty, infectious melody and lively rhythms.

The band will also perform “The Seal Lullaby” by Eric Whitacre, and Brian Balmages’ work entitled ” … Not Afraid to Dream” — a memorial to a former high school band member that was commissioned by a school in Rochester, Minn.

“Disney at the Movies” will include many classics from “The Jungle Book,” “Peter Pan,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Pocahontas,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin” and “The Lion King,” to name a few.

The great march composers will be represented by John Philip Sousa’s “Easter Monday on the White House Lawn” and “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite” by K.L. King.

Toot Sweet shares the stage

As a special treat, the clarinet quartet Toot Sweet will be a featured guest of the Sequim City Band at their March 11 concert. Amongst the pieces to be performed, Toot Sweet will highlight two movements from Georges Bizet’s “Jeux d’enfants” (“Children’s Games”), composed as a 12-movement piano duet piece.

The quartet is comprised of Bb clarinetists Nancy Peterson (Port Ludlow), Mark Holman (Poulsbo) and Janet Proebstel (Sequim) plus bass clarinetist Vicky Blakesley (Sequim).

Several movements have been arranged for other ensembles, including a clarinet quartet. Among them are “Trumpet and Drum,” a march that Bizet wrote to invoke music that might accompany children playing with toy soldiers, as well as “The Wooden Horses,” an effervescent galop.

Toot Sweet has been performing for the last five years and plays a range of music from classical to contemporary. The group has regularly performed at The Port Townsend Victorian Festival where they perform compositions from the Victorian Era while dressed in period costumes, Sequim’s George Washington Inn during Lavender Festival where they feature American composers, Olympic Theatre Arts Off-Stage First Friday in Sequim, various farmers’ markets and private parties and the Candlelight Concert series at the Trinity United Methodist church in Port Townsend.

As always, the Sequim City Band’s concerts are free but donations to support the Sequim City Band are accepted.

Learn more about the band or how to become a “Band-Aide” at www.sequimcityband.org.

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