June 26, 2008

La Crosse Concert Band Sounds Good Indoors, Too

By Terry Rindfleisch, La Crosse Tribune, Wis.

Jun. 26--The La Crosse Concert Band staged a spectacular show Wednesday night in Viterbo University's Fine Arts Center Main Theatre.

It was a special 80-minute concert suited for the indoors with a variety of classical music, marches and Broadway dances. The acoustics showed off the beautiful bold and full sound of the band conducted by Alex Vaver.

Guest artist and trumpeter John Marchiando, a La Crosse Central alumnus, impressed almost a full house of 1,000. Marchiando, principal trumpeter with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, was a hit with his stunning performance of "La Virgin de la Macarena," the calling to the bullfight, in which he pulled off some fancy fingerings, bringing a standing ovation.

He also delighted the crowd with "Dramatic Essay," which he played as a high school senior with Central's wind ensemble directed by Vaver.

Bassoonist Jeff Copp added a fun piece, "The Old Sore-Head," which featured the rich sound of the instrument and his skillful playing.

The La Crosse Concert Band sounded wonderful in Tchaikov-sky's finale from the sixth symphony and Holst's first suite in E-flat.

Children literally took the center stage in the children's march, "Midway March" as they marched around the back row of the main floor to the stage.

The band ended the concert with a visual spectacle as dancers from Misty's Dance Unlimited performed ballet to Sousa's "The Stars and Stripes Forever."

The band's second Concert Hall Spectacular was a big success again and should be considered as an annual event. It's a nice break from the outdoors and a time to enjoy a concert hall sound.

The band returns July 9 for its weekly outdoor concert at Riverside Park.


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