For 20 of those years, since 1994, he has also been Music Director and Conductor for the Central Kentucky Concert Band (CKBC), based in Lexington. It is a post he is vacating, however, after this coming Sunday’s “Euphers Away!” concert at the Lexington Opera House. (3 o’clock, free and open to the public.)
Leaving CKBC is bittersweet for him but Dr. LaRue says that, “while it has been a great opportunity, it’s time for me to step down.” His leadership with CKBC will be missed.
Sunday’s concert is to be a musical celebration of the life and times of Earle Louder, acclaimed by colleagues around the world as one of the finest virtuosos of all time on Euphonium. Dr. Louder will be a featured guest soloist along with Euphoniumist Gail Robertson.
“Euphers Away” features works by Bizet, Boccalari, Clarke, King, Rogers, Smith, Sparke, and Vaughan Williams.
The CKBC, now in its 37th year, is widely recognized as the premier, adult concert band in the Commonwealth, as well as one of the finest ensembles of its nature in the southeastern United States.
It attract players from throughout the Commonwealth, as well as southern Ohio and West Virginia. Current membership includes people from all walks of life: attorneys, veterinarians, engineers, pharmacists, business owners, secretaries, civil servants, homemakers and public school and collegiate teachers, to cite a few examples.
Under Dr. LaRue’s leadership, the CKBC has performed three “regular season” concerts each year, as well as maintaining an invigorating summer “pops” schedule. It has also played a July 4 pre-fireworks patriotic concert in Georgetown each year.
As Georgetown College’s Director of Bands Dr. LaRue will continue to instill positive values and teamwork among students of varied academic interests who choose to participate in the band program. “Better people through better bands,” he says. “It’s all about helping young people grow up.”
Prior to his move to Kentucky, Dr. LaRue served for seven years as Director of Bands at Mars Hill College in western North Carolina. Before that, he was Director of Music for the Bloom Carroll local school district in central Ohio, where he directed the award winning “Marching Bulldog” band for four years. In the past, he has also served as low brass specialist with the Cavalier and Blue Knight Drum and Bugle Corps.