Ensemble concert will blow audience away

The Trinity University Symphonic Wind Ensemble will assemble together at 3 p.m. this Sunday, March 2, in the Ruth Taylor Recital Hall with the Helotes Area Community Band, which originates from northern San Antonio.

The Trinity group will be playing the first half of the concert and the Community band will play in the second half after a small intermission. The approximate run time of the concert is 80 minutes.

This wind ensemble group consists of one piccolo, four flutes, two oboes, two bassoons, nine clarinets, two bass clarinets, four saxophones, six horns, six trumpets and trombones, three euphoniums and tubas, a string bass and six percussion instruments, and is conducted by James Worman, coordinator of winds and percussion and associate professor of music education at Trinity University.

Worman usually picks his pieces with a common theme, and this year he picked pieces that the audience should know.

“This arrangement is audience-friendly, and the pieces work well with each other,” Worman said.

Worman started practices in early January and has been holding two-hour practice sessions twice a week.  One of the pieces Worman has picked out is “When I Close My Eyes, I see Dancers” by Timothy Mahr.

Some of the pieces that are going to be played by the Helotes Area Community Band are “The Liberty Bell March” by John Philip Sousa, “Symphonic Dance No. 3 Fiesta” by Clifton Williams, “A Sheltering Sky” by John Mackey and “Polka and Fugue” by Jaromir Weinberger.

After this performance, there is another performance on the books for April 26 to be combined with the Choral Union. This is an annual event that has been going on for approximately 20 years and is conducted by Gary Seighman.

Amy Grice, a first year who plays the clarinet, is excited to be able to perform at this concert. She has been practicing for hours and is anxious to perform.

“I’m really excited for our performance because we’ve been practicing the music since the Sunday before spring semester started. In addition, every section got together at a separate time outside of class to practice the hardest parts in the pieces,” Grice said.

Junior Navid Leelani hopes he can set aside time to attend the concert, saying that Trinity’s musical groups always give high quality performances.

“I really want to find the time to be able to go this weekend because I have always loved Trinity’s concerts, and the musicians here are really talented,” Leelani said.