Release date: March 20, 2015
The East Mississippi Community College Symphonic Winds will present two spring band concerts, one at each end of the college’s six-county district. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.
- Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m. – Highland Baptist Church, 3400 27th St., Meridian
- Tuesday, March 31, 7 p.m. – Golden Triangle campus, Lyceum auditorium, 8731 Frontage
“We’ve performed up at EMCC’s Mayhew campus in the past, and that works out well because it’s a central location for people who live in the Golden Triangle area,” said Director of Bands Stephen Stringer.
“But we’re also trying to grow our presence in the southern end of the district. It’s easy to do a concert at the Scooba campus and say, take a drive to see us. But this time, we’re going to take the drive and bring a concert to the community and to the parents and friends of our band members from Lauderdale County.”
More than 50 musicians make up the EMCC Symphonic Winds.
The one-hour program will open on a patriotic note with “America the Beautiful” and “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Other selections include: “Appalachian Morning,” a sound poem by Robert Sheldon inspired by sunrise in the Cumberland Gap; “Nessun Dorma/None Shall Sleep,” an aria from the Puccini opera “Turandot”; and “Homeward Bound,” a march by John Philip Sousa.
The Meridian concert will also include a guest conductor, Highland Minister of Music Rev. Franklin Denham, as church organist Greer Goldman and church pianist Lorrie Stringer join the Symphonic Winds to perform “I Stand in Awe.”
The Mayhew concert will feature a special slide-show presentation as the Symphonic Winds perform “Auld Lang Syne.”
Stringer chose a high-energy composition called “Fire” as the evening’s closer: “It’s a very fast piece, a musical portrait of what it’s like to have fire dancing and crackling all around you.”
Meridian concert-goers will remember Stringer as director of the MHS Wildcat Band for three years before he signed on with EMCC in 2009.
Under his guidance, the Mighty Lion Marching Band has grown by 400 percent. In addition to the marching and symphonic bands, EMCC musicians also play in the ROAR rock band and the EMCC Jazz Ensemble.
Three levels of scholarships are available to students chosen as members of EMCC’s band program. For more information, contact Band Director Stephen Stringer at firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant Band Director Chris King at email@example.com.
EMCC Symphonic Winds
Thursday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Highland Baptist Church
3400 27th St., Meridian
Tuesday, March 31, 7 p.m.
Golden Triangle's Lyceum auditorium
8731 Frontage Road, Mayhew