“It has distinctive qualities,” said director Joe Brice of the music selected for “Music Can Be Fun,” Highlands Ranch Concert Band’s first …
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“It has distinctive qualities,” said director Joe Brice of the
music selected for “Music Can Be Fun,” Highlands Ranch Concert
Band’s first free family-oriented concert in 2011. It’s scheduled
at 2 p.m. Jan. 30, St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church, 3350 White
Bay Drive, Highlands Ranch.
The program will include “Symphonic Songs for Band” arranged by
Robert Russell Bennett, which presents a musical puzzle, Brice
said. “Star of Dreams” by contemporary composer Robert W. Smith is
a musical description of Texas history, with a Mariachi band,
cavalry and even a stampede, according to Brice.
“Washington Grays March,” martial music composer Claudio
Grafulla’s (1810-1880) most popular piece, was written for the New
York State Militia’s 8th Regimental Band during the Civil War.
“Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite March” by Karl King is a circus
The band members enjoy challenging music, Brice said, adding
that today’s high school band music is some of the most challenging
literature available. He was band director and fine arts
coordinator for 40 years at Smoky Hill High School and keeps an
ongoing busy schedule. In addition to the Highlands Ranch Concert
Band and its adjunct Swing Shift Big Band, he directs a southeast
Denver group, the Over the Hill Band at Smoky Hill.
He started playing the piano at his father’s insistence, he
said, then graduated to a trumpet in grade school. Now, he can play
just about any band instrument.
“It’s kind of like a plumber needing to know all the pipes,” he
He originally joined this band he leads, playing trombone and
French horn and has played professionally in the area.
And he and his wife coordinate a regional high school band
festival with 80 bands in five locations across the state during
one week — and they visit them all.
In the summer and when he’s otherwise unavailable, his colleague
Rob Yost works with the Highlands Ranch band. Brice and his wife
head to Europe in the summers, where they enjoy art and he does
some research. Northern Italy is on the 2011 itinerary, he
Band president Kelley Messall, who plays the clarinet, says the
band is always looking for new members. Present membership is about
60, with ages ranging from teens to seniors. No auditions are
needed. Rehearsals are 7:45 to 9:15 on Wednesdays at ThunderRidge
High School and the group plays several winter concerts, plus a
schedule of outdoor summer programs and some Highlands Ranch civic
Have an old horn in your closet that you’ve enjoyed? For
information about membership, visit www.hrconcertband.org. or
contact the membership coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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“Music Can Be Fun” is the title for Highlands Ranch Concert
Band’s first free concert in 2011 at 2 p.m. Jan. 30, St. Andrew’s
United Methodist Church, 3350 White Bay Dr., Highlands Ranch.
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