Tiger Symphonic Band Finale is a Real Grrr…abber

tiger grr bandWhen the Georgetown College Tiger Symphonic Band closes out its “Viva la Grrr… 2006-07 season with the Annual Spring Concert Thursday night (April 26), prepare to be moved.

Student composer and trombone soloist Jon Myers plans to give patrons chills with his world-premiere of Jon’s Tune. “In many ways it represents my own life experiences – a bit of heartache, a bit of happiness, a bit of joy, a bit of sadness,” said the senior from Mayfield. “I hope that people will get goose bumps as they listen to the tune, remembering that life is glorious, even with the heartaches.”

Tiger Band Director Pete LaRue said, “Trust me – you shall get goose bumps and you will be in awe of the genius and sensitivity represented in this moving, bittersweet composition.”

LaRue’s exhilarating program in John L. Hill Chapel also includes Godzilla Eats Las Vegas by Eric Whitacre. “You’ll have to see and hear this to believe it – and still you might not believe this barn-burner,” he said. The free concert begins at 8 p.m.

As for Myers’ piece, Jon’s Tune came together more like one man building a barn – with organizing the song on his keyboard beginning last summer and finishing the layout in December. “I used a recording program on my computer to help compose the piece,” said Myers, who started writing the parts for the band over Christmas break. “Because my keyboard can simulate the sounds of every instrument in the band, I could use it and my multi-track recording program to hear what the piece would sound like well before the band ever played through it.”

Hardest, he said, was making sure the range of the parts corresponded to the ranges of the instruments. “You don’t want to give someone a part that is too high or too low for them to play),” he explained. “But, I didn’t force anything – it just came together.”

His life after Georgetown College is starting to come together as well. This fall he will marry Bardstown’s Kelsey Rowe, an ’06 Georgetown graduate who is pursuing a career as a speech pathologist – undoubtedly one of the “bits of joy” you’ll hear in Jon’s Tune. A Philosophy major and a Music and Chemistry double minor, Myers plans to apply for medical school.

But, he will devote this first summer out of school to his music. “I plan on doing some recording and trying to get my music ‘out there’,” said the son of Robert and Melissa Myers of Mayfield. “I’ve written several country songs, pop-rock songs, and hip hop beats, and would like to market them to mainstream artists. I would also like to compose more music for band.”

Thursday evening’s event will end with several other moving traditions, including the
Tiger Symphonic Band’s rendition of “The Old Scottish Melody” (as arranged by Charles Wiley) while a special video is shown. The concert will conclude with the announcement of the Outstanding Band Scholar of the Year and two other special Tiger Band awards.

Immediately following the concert, Band Scholars, their families and friends are invited to a reception in the Chapel lobby – celebrating the senior Band Scholars and the 162nd year of bands at Georgetown College, the oldest college or university band program in Kentucky.



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