By Caitlin Knox ‘14
Last chance to witness extraordinary tuba player Dewey Creech in the Hiil Chapel spotlight; first chance to hear the ragtime piece “Tuba Tiger Rag” in the long history of Georgetown College bands.
“It’s a fun piece. Definitely one of my favorite solos…you have to hear it,” said Creech, who’s been rewarded with three solos in Monday’s Tiger Symphonic Band Fall Anniversary Concert at 8 p.m. He’ll also play on “Suite for Tuba” by Donald Haddad and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen.
No wonder Director Pete LaRue selected the senior from Frankfort for such heavy duty. Creech, who also performs with the Central Kentucky Concert Band, was ranked second in the state last year of all college or university tuba players and named to the 2011 Kentucky Intercollegiate Band. Coming out of Western Hills High School in ’07, he was chosen twice to the All-State Band.
“His tuba playing is well known, his contribution to our Tiger Bands exceptional,” said Dr. LaRue, who will induct Creech as a “Gem Alumni” into the Tiger Band Hall of Fame that evening. This is a rare honor (it has been three years since the last Gem Alum) given to a member who has made a “transformational change” to the Tiger Band as a whole.
“I don’t know what I did to deserve it all,” said Creech modestly. But, in fact, he has been involved in the Chapel Brass for four years and the Symphonic Band and Pep Band for almost five years. He has volunteered to drive the van to all the road games the Pep Band plays and, according to his director, Dewey Creech is well loved by everyone.
Dewey will be graduating this semester, which means that this will be his last performance at Georgetown College. That it’s in John L. Hill Chapel has special meaning because he and his wife, Kaitlen, were married there.
An Accounting major and Music minor, he is considering pursuing a Masters in Business later on. A commuter most of his college career, he is looking forward to working closer to his Frankfort home and his and Kaitlen’s 5-year-old son, Calvin.
LaRue puts a lot of stock in the history and tradition of the Fall Anniversary Concert. This one’s the 167th anniversary of bands at Georgetown College, which continues as the oldest collegiate band program in Kentucky.
The band also has been long about cheer and charity, especially when their efforts can benefit the Georgetown community. They recently performed at Western Elementary and the Windsor Gardens Retirement Center. Also, admission to the upcoming concert is a canned food item. All items collected will be donated to the AMEN House – a 19-year tradition that will help the less fortunate for the holidays.