March 28, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
The Maryville College-Community Concert Band will present its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m., Thurs., April 12 in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.
The concert is free and open to the public.
For Dr. Larry Smithee, MC associate professor of music and conductor of the band, the concert is an especially meaningful one. The MC-Community Concert Band is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, and Smithee is retiring at the end of this semester, after 21 years on the faculty.
“The concert will feature a wide variety of music, including show tunes, film music, folk song arrangements and a world premiere music piece by one of our percussionists, Shaun Salem, called ‘Windrider,’” Smithee said.
Salem will conduct the band during the performance of his music piece.
Another band member, Mark Boring, who is a retired Heritage High School band teacher, will conduct the band during the performance of his music piece, titled “A Dixieland Sampler.” During that portion of the program, Smithee will play trumpet.
The program also includes Robert Smith’s “American Flourish;” John Wasson’s “Sea Song Fantasy;” Leroy Anderson’s “The Rakes of Mallow, from the Irish Suite;” James Swearingen’s “A Scottish Portrait;” and Stephen Bulla’s “Mancini!”
Although this is Smithee’s last MC-Community Concert Band concert as conductor, his legacy at the College will continue, thanks to a campaign recently launched by the College in honor of the longtime music professor. The campaign will raise money for much-needed instruments for the College’s Division of Fine Arts.
To make a donation toward the purchase of instruments in honor of Dr. Smithee or to find out more about the campaign, contact Holly Jackson-Sullivan, vice president for advancement and community relations at the College, at 865.273.8884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state‘s third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for its academic rigor and its focus on the liberal arts, Maryville is where students come to stretch their minds, stretch themselves and learn how to make a difference in the world. Total enrollment for the fall 2012 semester was 1,093.