Note from the webmaster: We update this web site at least once a week during our summer concert season. Since the program for each Sunday concert is finalized at our rehearsal on Monday evening, we generally post the week's update sometime on Tuesday. Unfortunately, if you are viewing this page on a summer Monday, what follows will undoubtedly be the information for YESTERDAY'S concert.
If you've been praying for rain, please stop! Our first concert of the summer season will be this Sunday June 2 and we don't want to be rained out!
A special feature of this concert will be the continuation of our band's "educational outreach" initiative which involves area middle school students performing with the band. This year, twelve students from seven schools will join us for two of the selections on the concert. Participating middle schools include Aldo Leopold, Edward Stone, West Burlington, New London, Mediapolis, Ft. Madison and Holy Trinity. We enjoy making music with these talented young people and we hope that they have as much fun as we do!
Derrick is billing this concert as "A Musical Kaleidoscope" - a fitting title as his selections are exciting and challenging.
Our conductor will be BHS band director Derrick Murphy who, when not conducting, is our band's trumpet section leader. Derrick is principal trumpet of the Southeast Iowa Symphony and performs with the Bullis-Rutter Big Band and the Southeast Iowa Brass Quintet.
Derrick has as his soloist the Southeast Iowa Symphony's principal flutist Rose Bishop. In addition to the SEISO, Rose performs with several other orchestras and serves as adjunct flute instructor for several area colleges. For this concert Rose will be playing the piccolo, performing The Wren Polka by Eugene Demare. We are delighted to welcome Rose to the Crapo Park band shell!
In addition to Rose's piccolo solo, Derrick's selections will include The Poet and Peasant Overture by Franz Von Suppe, arranged by Henry Fillmore; March of the Royal Trumpets by John Philip Sousa; Air for Band by Frank Erickson featuring our guest middle school students; Selections from The Greatest Showman by Paul Murtha also featuring the middle school students, Knightsbridge Chronicles by Barry E. Kopetz; Silvercrest by James Swearingen; The Chronicles of Narnia arranged by Paul Murtha; and our traditional closing march, The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa.
Also featured on this concert will be soprano Nicole Williams, a student at BHS who will sing Selections from Les Miserables arranged by Warren Barker. A multi-talented person, Nicole is also a member of our percussion section!