Director Pete LaRue loves to reward stellar seniors for their great contributions to the band programs over their Georgetown College careers.
Colby Whittaker, a Religion and Philosophy double major, gets that distinction for this, the 165th Tiger Symphonic Band Fall Anniversary Concert tonight in John L. Hill Chapel. Patrons will only get to enjoy his Baritone Saxophone solo on the Mozart ‚ÄúRondo‚ÄĚ if in attendance at the 8 p.m. Monday (Nov. 23) event.
LaRue couldn‚Äôt resist thrusting a brilliant freshman, Evan Harrell of Middlesboro, into the spotlight as well. His composition ‚ÄúIn Praise Rejoice‚ÄĚ is a skillful weaving of two hymns ‚Äď ‚ÄúAll Creatures of our God and King‚ÄĚ and Simple Gifts.‚ÄĚ Harrell‚Äôs piece can be heard both that evening and Tuesday (Nov. 24) at 11 a.m. when the the symphonic band will play three numbers during the weekly chapel service.
‚ÄúThat an 18-year-old can compose something like this is simply beyond amazing,‚ÄĚ LaRue said of the son of Steve and Sonya Harrell of Middlesboro. Evan also plays tuba in the band and is a staff member of The Georgetonian, the campus newspaper.
Whittaker‚Äôs moment in the spotlight is a real testament to his talent. Director LaRue said, ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs definitely unusual to hear a baritone saxophone as a ‚Äėsolo‚Äô instrument. But, Colby has an unusual level of ability and technique on the baritone saxophone ‚Äď and coupled with the extraordinary beauty of the Mozart ‚ÄėRondo,‚Äô this will be a special moment.‚ÄĚ
Colby, the son of Greg and Tammy Whittaker of Winchester, is involved in the President’s House Association and Campus Ministries.
Professor Emeritus Danny Tilford on the Osborne-Tilford Family Johannus Organ will command a third spotlight as he joins the band for a stirring rendition of ‚ÄúA Mighty Fortress Is Our God.‚ÄĚ This number is also on the Tuesday card, as is Daehn‚Äôs ‚ÄúWith Quiet Courage.‚ÄĚ
But, real music-lovers need to come Monday evening and revel in Dr. LaRue‚Äôs always-interesting selections ‚Äď 11 altogether this year, including works by Beethoven and Haydn. There‚Äôs even the holiday classic ‚ÄúGood King Eenceslas,‚ÄĚ as popularized by Mannheim Steamroller, featuring Michael Bailey ‚Äď a junior from Richmond ‚Äď on the bass guitar.
Admission is one canned or processed food item, which the band donates to the AMEN house for use in the Scott County area.