The Woodinville Community Band will perform at the Redmond Performance Center on May 19. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Weiss

The Woodinville Community Band will perform at the Redmond Performance Center on May 19. Photo courtesy of Jeanne Weiss

Redmond Performing Arts Center to host Woodinville Community Band

The group’s “Winds of Change” concert is set for May 19.

  • Wednesday, April 24, 2019 8:30am
  • Life

The Woodinville Community Band (WCB) will perform its “Winds of Change” concert at the Redmond Performing Arts Center on May 19.

The performance will be led by new music director John Werth. The band’s previous director of 12 years, Leah Weitzsacker, was bid “a fond farewell” during a concert in December 2018.

Doors open for the concert at 2:30 p.m. The concert begins at 3 p.m. The Redmond Performing Arts Center is located at 17272 NE 104th St. in Redmond. Suggested donation for the concert is $ 15.

The pieces the band will perform include “Symphony No. 5, Finale” by Dmitri Shostakovich, “Give Us This Day (Short Symphony for Wind Ensemble)” by David Maslanka, “First Suite in Eb for Military Band” by Gustav Holst, “An American Elegy” by Frank Ticheli, “American Salute” by Morton Gould and “Ride” by Samuel R. Hazo.

The band is a traditional wind symphony, made up of woodwinds, brass, percussion, string bass and piano. Currently, there are about 50 musicians in this group. Their repertoire includes original band works from the classics to the contemporary, orchestral transcriptions, marches, movie soundtracks and more.

According to a press release, WCB was founded in 1993 by Carol Edwards, publisher of the Woodinville Weekly, who put an ad in her newspaper calling for musicians to form a community band in the newly incorporated city of Woodinville. The first rehearsal was held downtown in the parking lot of the Las Margaritas Mexican restaurant. More than 40 musicians answered the call.

WCB is an umbrella organization for adult musicians. They perform as a full concert band with opportunities to play in adjunct bands including a jazz band, a big band and music ensembles.

“We perform public concerts as well as private engagements,” the release states. “Our purpose is to provide an opportunity for adults to continue making music beyond the high school and college years and to pass our enjoyment of live music on to the community.”

The musicians represent a broad spectrum of backgrounds including engineers, school teachers, housewives, students and senior citizens.

WCB is a nonprofit volunteer organization performing concerts in the extended Seattle area. It varies in size from 50-80 members across all the groups and play outdoor concerts in the warm weather months and indoor concerts year-round.

For more information on WCB, visit www.woodinvilleband.org.

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