MC3Band, Community Chorus to present fall concert

MC3Band, Community Chorus to present “We Hold These Truths” Nov. 9 

Oct. 19, 2017

The MC3Band, under the direction of Dr. Eric Simpson, and the Maryville College Community Chorus, under the direction of Alan Eleazer, will join forces to present a fall concert on Thurs., Nov. 9, 2017 at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

The concert, titled “We Hold These Truths,” is free and open to the public and will feature patriotic favorites for choir and band.

During the concert, Maj. Gen. Bob Tiebout, U.S. Marine Corps (retired), will give special recognition to veterans and active duty and reserve military members, who are invited as special guests for the concert.

The program will include “National Spirit March” by S.E. Hummel; “Homeword Bound” by Keen/Althouse/Karrick; “Chorale and Shaker Dance” by John Zdechlik; “Salute to the Armed Forces” arr. by Camp Kirkland; and “Battle Hymn of the Republic” arr. by Peter Wilhousky.

David Dwyer, Maryville resident and actor, will serve as a narrator for the performance of the patriotic trilogy "We Hold These Truths” by Knoxville composer John Purifoy.

“This concert will celebrate the American spirit, while paying particular homage to the men and women of the United State Armed Forces,” Simpson said. “This is the first concert that the Maryville College Community Chorus and the MC3Band have ever done together. The opportunity to make music as a large ensemble, particularly when it is patriotic, is a moving and powerful thing. It should be a very special evening.” 

The MC3Band serves a dual purpose: to provide a means of artistic expression for all of its members (community and student) within the wind band medium, and to provide MC students with the opportunity to perform and learn within a large ensemble setting. Band members include working musicians, educators, college students, business professionals and retirees from throughout East Tennessee. Using a symphonic band instrumentation, the band performs repertoire from the entire scope of the wind band tradition.

The Maryville College Community Chorus is an established chorus that has a strong tradition of presenting quality choral music and frequently joins other community ensembles such as the Maryville College youth choirs and the Orchestra at Maryville College. The chorus performs quality literature of various styles and genres in the highest caliber and often features the music of area composers and arrangers, as well as the classic gems of the masters.

For more information about the concert, please call the Maryville College Division of Fine Arts at 865.981.8150.


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 offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the Fall 2017 semester is 1,181.