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.
After a restful summer for our ensemble’s many band director members, the excitement of a new school year has arrived in South Carolina! This, of course, means that marching band camps and rehearsals have ramped up. Even our director, Scott Weiss, is getting in on the back-to-school action at the University of South Carolina, where the Carolina Band has begun marching practices on the new turf outside of the Copenhaver Band Hall. We wish all of these directors and their students the best this fall, look forward to seeing and hearing them perform in the coming months, and celebrating their musical and athletic successes.
Even while a high percentage of our members are currently focused on marching shows, the PCB as a whole also has our sights set on a winter trip we’re proud and honored to be familiar with. Now for the third time in our band’s short history, we have auditioned for and have been invited to perform at The Midwest Clinic in Chicago. Our director and board members are busily making plans for transporting instruments, selecting music (much more difficult than you might believe!), and sorting out travel details. From our veteran performers who have been-there-done-that to our newer members who have never experienced an international music conference, the excitement is palpable.
We know most of our South Carolina friends and supporters won’t be able to make the trip with us, so the PCB is making plans for a special pre-Clinic concert in the Columbia area later this year. Stay tuned for additional info when we kick off our concert season in November!
It’s almost time again for our big Memorial Day Concert — this year, being performed ON MEMORIAL DAY (Monday, May 30). What better way to enjoy your day off of work than to attend a patriotic concert in the blessedly air conditioned Koger Center for the Arts?
In addition to our standard patriotic fare, this year’s concert will feature another original piece composed by John Moody, talented son of our esteemed conductor emeritus Dr. William Moody.
The PCB will also be welcoming a special guest conductor (yet to be announced!) to the podium to close our Memorial Day concert. At the beginning of the month, we held a contest to offer a U.S. military veteran to conduct the PCB in the playing of our National March, “The Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa. We look forward to honoring our guest with this unique opportunity. Please come out on Memorial Day to show this and all of our veterans our support, and help us honor all of our fallen servicemen and women this Memorial Day.
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.
For more information about our upcoming concerts, please visit our Performances page or our Facebook page.
Additional thanks to Gil Shuler for the use of his design, “we shall overcome” to further honor the memories of those fallen. We could think of no better imagery to pair with this performance.
Many thanks to everyone who was able to come to our November 22nd concert. In addition to bringing one of the largest audiences we’ve had for a fall concert in some time, you were also very generous. With your help, the PCB collected 177 food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank! These items were given out to families who might not have had a Thanksgiving without your donations. So thank you, again!
Stay tuned to our Performances page or follow us on Facebook for information coming soon about our February concerts (you read that right!) coming up in just a few months. If you would like to see your name in those programs as a donor, be sure to contact us before February 1. Visit our Support Us page for details.
Until next time, we wish you the happiest of holidays!
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!