By Andrea Bellew
On Thursday, April 24 at 8 p.m., the Tiger Symphonic Band will present its annual spring concert, “Fantasy and Dreams” at the Chapel.
The “Fantasy and Dreams” concert will celebrate the 169th year of bands at Georgetown College. The Band Scholars of today will be celebrated “for embodying excellence and living up to the Band’s historic epigraph – Music for All Occasions,“ according to the press release.
“It will be a privilege and a pleasure to showcase the Band Scholars on the ‘Fantasy and Dreams’ concert,” Dr. LaRue says.
A special highlight of the evening will be student soloist Nathan Vertuca on the alto saxophone. He will play his solo during the band’s performance of “Over the Rainbow.”
Vertuca had this to say about the soloist opportunity:
“The first semester of this year I was studying abroad, so unfortunately I wasn’t able to play with the band. I was, however, honored to be chosen as the featured soloist for this year’s spring concert. A solo is always exciting, and I have played one other solo as a member of the Georgetown College band, as well as several others as a member of the Woodford County High School band,” says Vertuca.
“It’s always very exciting to be selected for something like this, and I’m happy to do my part. However, as cliché as it may sound, the credit really goes to the band. Anybody can go up there and play a horn, but it sounds pretty odd without the support of the other members.”
This will be the last concert these five seniors will perform for Georgetown College: Crystal Jackson, Nathan Vertuca, Travis Mazurek, Katie Morris,and Michelle Larberg. So in addition to the acknowledgements, the event will hold up to tradition and the Elder Band Scholars (senior band students) will be saluted. They are honored with the band’s performance of The Old Scottish Melody [arranged by Charles Wiley] and a special video presentation.
Taylor Burchett, sophomore band member, says, “The seniors all add a valuable contribution to the band and I will be sad to see them go, but I wish them the best of luck.”
The band will perform eight different pieces, including the Star Spangled Banner and the Alma Mater, which they have been practicing all semester long. Concert goers can also expect to hear works by Arlen, Maslanka, Mussorgsky, Smith and Whitacre.
Dr. LaRue said: “Thanks to everyone and all for your continuing support of the Band Scholars and Bands at Georgetown College.”