What more is there to say? The name “Sousa” invokes joy in many across this country. The famed composer of so many well-known marches gets those toes tapping with seemingly little effort. John Philip Sousa became a musical legend within his lifetime thanks to his iconic marches.
Perhaps lesser known is the history of Sousa: his conducting style, concert format, and his band’s distinct sound. Concerts from that era differed greatly from our modern concert format and performance. With the help of famed Sousa impersonator, Keith Brion, the Palmetto Concert Band aims to bring the experience of attending a 1930’s Sousa Band concert to the Koger Center stage.
We invite you to join us for this special concert, which will feature solo performances by Scott Parker (euphonium), Tina Stallard (soprano), and Betty Gardiner (piccolo). As always, the concert is free and open to the public. Tickets are General Admission. Follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates. Visit our Performances page more information about the concert and repertoire.
Wow! Thanks to everyone who made it out to our performance at the Koger Center on Saturday night. What did you think? (For you audience members, could you tell we were having a blast–literally?)
One concert down, and one more to go this month. The PCB is off to Charleston, SC next Saturday to perform the finale concert for the National Band Association convention at the Gaillard Center–right around the corner from Emanuel AME Church.
We’d love your help spreading the word to your Charleston area friends! Details can be found here, or you can invite them to our Facebook event page. Your help getting the word out is the best publicity we could hope for, and we’d love to fill that concert hall!
The PCB is pleased to be performing two concerts in February: our annual performance at the USC Band Clinic in Columbia, SC (Feb. 13), and a special invitation performance at the Gaillard Center in Charleston, SC as the finale concert for the CBDNA/NBA Conference (Feb. 20).
The concerts will be featuring some familiar pieces, as well as a newly commissioned work by James Stephenson titled “there are no words.” The piece was composed in response to the mass shooting at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC last year, and was originally written for a small ensemble. The PCB is honored to premiere the wind band arrangement at these two upcoming performances.
The Palmetto Concert Band is looking forward to kicking off this exciting 2015-16 concert season at the Koger Center for the Arts on November 22 at 4:00PM with music by some of the greatest composers for band–in our opinions, at least! Click here for concert details. As always, this is a FREE CONCERT and is open to the public.
Additionally, as this concert falls the Sunday before Thanksgiving, we felt the need to do something more than just create good music for an appreciative audience. We are asking concert attendees, as they are able, to bring a non-perishable food donation on November 22 to help Harvest Hope Food Bank stock up their shelves in preparation for the upcoming season. Donation bins will be located on both sides of the Koger Center lobby. For a list of Harvest Hope’s greatest needs leading up to the holidays, please click here.
For news and additional details about the concert, follow the PCB on Facebook. Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you this season!
We have just announced performance dates and times for our 2015-16 season! Be sure to mark your calendars now and reserve that time for yourself to come and enjoy a free concert with the PCB. “Like” the Palmetto Concert Band on Facebook and follow our Events, and you’ll be among the first to learn about our program selections for each concert. (A hint for the season ahead: there will be a world premier piece at one of this season’s performances!)
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for the upcoming season, please also visit our Support Us page. All of our concerts are free to the public, so we rely on your donations and generosity to be able to play on. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to presenting you with another riveting concert season!